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Cazorla injured, out "a few weeks"

Good thing we bought that extra creative midfielder, I guess.

Clive Mason

According to Arsene Wenger after the 3-1 win against Sunderland, midfielder Santi Cazorla is injured and will be out a moderately extended period of time.

Cazorla has an ankle problem. He will be out for a few weeks as well. I don’t think he will play before the next international break.

That break is October 6, and I swear to God if Cazorla plays for Spain before he plays for Arsenal I will find Vicente del Bosque and slap him in his face. Arsenal play six times between now and then:

Date Opponent Competition Location
September 18 Marseille Champions League Away
September 22 Stoke City Premier League Home
September 25 West Bromwich Albion Capital One Cup Away
September 28 Swansea City Premier League Away
October 1 Napoli Champions League Home
October 6 West Bromwich Albion Premier League Away

The league matches aren't too terribly challenging, but with a pair of tough European matches mixed in as well as a cup match, this injury may end up being annoying. On the other hand, Arsenal looked pretty good offensively without Cazorla today, so perhaps the line can be held.