Santi Cazorla has endured a hellish 9 months since being substituted during Arsenal’s 6-0 win against Ludogorets in October, but insists that relief is in sight. Cazorla, who signed a one-year contract extension last December, has undergone several surgeries, after complications due to the initial Achilles surgery and infection.
As for retiring, Cazorla isn’t giving that any thought, saying “Those who want to retire me will get to see me [play] again. I will return.” Having just started recovery, though, he remains far away from playing for the first team again, admitting that he “doesn’t want to set a return date.”
That is the fundamental issue for Arsenal. Cazorla is a wonderful player, and fulfills a lot of roles for the side, when fit. But he has played in 23 Premier League games over the past two seasons, nine fewer than Jack Wilshere, and cannot be relied upon to remain fit, much like Jack Wilshere. That is why Arsenal should be in the market for central midfielder; after sorting out Alexis’ future, it’s the most important part of the summer.