Arsenal name 25 man PL squad – Wilshere included, Cazorla left out

Arsenal have named their 25-man squad list for the first-half of the Premier League campaign.

Inclusions

Each Premier League outfit had to submit their finalised squad by last night, with the Gunners having included a couple of long-forgotten names in their entry.

Mathieu Debuchy, who had looked certain to depart the Emirates this summer, has been included, along with fellow defender Calum Chambers, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and was the subject of a number of bids from Leicester City late in the transfer window.

The Gunners have also named four goalkeepers, in the form of Petr Cech, David Ospina, Matt Macey and Deyan Iliev.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, who was linked with the likes of Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, AC Milan, AS Roma, Antalyaspor and more, has also been included.

Missing out

However, despite having recently posted a number of positive updates regarding his recovery on social media, Spanish midfielder and Gunners fan-favourite Santi Cazorla has been omitted from the squad.

This means that the 32-year-old will not be permitted to feature for the North Londoners in the Premier League until at least January of next year.

Cazorla has not featured for Arsenal since a Champions League victory over Ludogorets in October of last year.

The 25-man Arsenal squad in full:

Chuba Akpom, Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech, Calum Chambers, Francis Coquelin, Mathieu Debuchy, Mohamed Elneny, Olivier Giroud, Rob Holding, Deyan Iliev, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Koscielny, Alexandre Lacazette, Matt Macey, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, David Ospina, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka.

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Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla & Arsenal

Several weeks ago, rumours were spreading that Santi Cazorla’s Arsenal career could be over.

Cazorla last played for Arsenal in October, in the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets.

Since then, Cazorla has been out with an achilles tendonitis injury that has lead to multiple operations.

Arsenal handed Cazorla a one-year deal to see him until the end of the 2017/2018 season but there has been a real concern that he will not play at all in the coming campaign.

Gunners get a boost

However, Cazorla has been doing his best to convince Arsenal fans he could be back in action soon.

The Spanish midfielder has been regularly updating his Instagram account during his workouts.

So when will Santi return to the pitch? According to his assessment in his latest Instagram update, Cazorla is “one step closer” to his Arsenal comeback.

The Gunners travel to Liverpool this weekend as they aim to bounce back form a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

One step more, one step closer! #Lookingforwardtoseeyouall!

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Amazing news for Arsenal & Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla opens up

Several weeks ago, rumours were spreading that Santi Cazorla’s Arsenal career could be over.

Cazorla last played for Arsenal in October, in the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets.

Since then, Cazorla has been out with an achilles tendonitis injury that has lead to multiple operations.

Surgery done! It was perfect! Looking forward to be back at the #emiratesstadium with you! @arsenal

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Arsenal handed Cazorla a one-year deal to see him until the end of the 2017/2018 season but there has been a real concern that he will not play at all in the coming campaign.

This week the Spanish midfielder has spoken about his situation in a revealing interview with Onda Cero, and he’s delivered excellent news for all Gooners.

What did he say?

The headline quote from Cazorla is that he’s not ready to retire.

Moreover, he’s backing himself to return to full fitness soon, telling the Spanish radio station:

I will return to my best level and hopefully as soon as possible.

I did not know the problem I had. I came to Spain and it looks like it’s already fixed.

I came to think that I would not play football again to my level. I would leave the operating room, everything would be fine, and I would go back again.

I do not have strength in my tendon or muscle mass, I needed time.

Every day my son asks me if I can play again. He really wants to see me on the pitch and I hope it will happen soon.

Mustafi trolls Santi

This week Santi has also posted an update on Instagram from in the gym.

That’s prompted Shkodran Mustafi into cracking the following joke.

Mustafi v Santi Cazorla

To be back soon…important to have a good balance! @arsenal @pumafootball

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Arsenal & Santi Cazorla

Will Santi Cazorla ever play for Arsenal again?

The 32-year-old missed the majority of last season with a leg injury, and over the past twenty four hours rumours have leaked out suggesting the Spanish midfielder may never play for the Gunners again.

In updates from the Express on Wednesday, the tabloid reported there are now serious fears that Cazorla will not play for Arsenal until April 2018 at the earliest.

Fans voice fears

Many Arsenal fans consider Cazorla to be the best midfielder at the club, so what will it mean if he never plays for Arsenal again?

Do the Gunners need to move in the transfer market?

Both Arsenal Fan TV and Gunnerblog have delved into the Cazorla situation. Enjoy those videos below.

More bad news for Arsenal & Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla

Arsenal & Santi Cazorla

Tuesday was largely a superb day for Arsenal fans.

It now seems a formality that Alexandre Lacazette will complete his move from Lyon to the Gunners today, after the 26-year-old French international striker completed a medical at London Colney yesterday.

However Tuesday also brought bad news for Santi Cazorla.

Cazorla last played for Arsenal in October, in the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets.

Since then, Cazorla has been out with an achilles tendonitis injury that has lead to multiple operations.

Arsenal handed Cazorla a one-year deal to see him until the end of the 2017/2018 season but there is now real concern that he will not play at all in the coming campaign.

Express double down

On Tuesday, the Express reported that there are now serious fears that Cazorla will not play for Arsenal until April 2018 at the earliest.

Those reports seemed to be rebuffed by the player himself, as he took to social media to upload two pictures showing him in the gym.

Keep pushing!! Onedaymoreonedaycloser! @arsenal @premierleague @pumafootball

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Gracias a mis amigos del Gimnasio @ayalaspafitness con vosotros un paso más cerca!

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However, the Express return on Wednesday with another Cazorla update, and the tabloid have contextualised the Instagram update as follows:

Santi Cazorla may well have played his last game for Arsenal.

Cazorla recently posted an update on his condition and fitness on Instagram, lifting weights in a gym in Spain. But his leg is still a long way from full recovery.

Arsenal rocked by incredibly bad Santi Cazorla injury news

You have to feel for Santi Cazorla…

Gooners everywhere will be hoping the latest news about Santi Cazorla – via the Daily Express – is untrue, since it simply makes for such bad reading.

Santi Cazorla last played for Arsenal in October, in the 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets.

Since then, Cazorla has been out with an achilles tendonitis injury that has lead to multiple operations.

Arsenal handed Cazorla a one-year deal to see him until the end of the 2017/2018 season but there is now real concern that he will not play at all in the coming campaign.

Out until April 2018

The Express report today that there are now serious fears that Cazorla will not play for Arsenal until April 2018 at the earliest.

Cazorla is arguably Arsenal’s best central midfielder and his low centre of gravity and ability to play a pass was sorely missed by the Gunners.

It seems unlikely that Arsene Wenger was building his side around Cazorla for the coming season, but if this injury news is confirmed, Arsenal should consider buying a replacement.

“The manager talked to me and gave me peace of mind”

Cazorla said in May:  “[Arsenal] were very good to me, they renewed me before my operation, the manager talked to me and gave me peace of mind. It’s been a difficult season, since I have not played since November. I’ve been through surgery eight times.”

The Spanish playmaker added: “I had the last one yesterday, and hopefully everything will go well. Since November I have had complications. There was bacteria in the operating room and I suffered an infection in a bone. The scar did not close and I had a skin graft.”

Santi Cazorla’s last social media update on Instagram came three days ago, he can clearly be seen holding crutches.

The majority of the comments tell the Arsenal midfielder how much he is missed by Gooners.

Gracias a mis amigos del Gimnasio @ayalaspafitness con vosotros un paso más cerca!

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Robert Pires

Robert Pires on Arsenal

There may not be a statue outside Arsenal of Robert Pires but Gooners will never forget his shuffles down the wing and his important role in the Invincibles side.

On a dark weekend for Arsenal, following the defeat to Liverpool, Robert Pires has published a video on Instagram where he runs through a number of subjects connected to the Gunners.

Pires names the best player he still trains with at Arsenal and it isn’t Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez.

Pires on Cazorla, Griezmann, Wenger & Keown

Santi Cazorla wins this particular title, which is yet another illustration of why Arsenal have struggled this season.

The former France international also points out that Arsenal need to improve their “spirit”.

And, Pires has some intriguing things to say about Antoine Griezmann, who he feels would be a good fit for Arsenal.

Pires also has some fine words for Arsene Wenger and some amusing things to say about Martin Keown.

Nice interview with @natachatannous #arsenal #football

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Arsenal rocked by a double injury blow

Sad Arsene Wenger

Arsenal’s double blow

The injury problems at the Emirates Stadium have increased again this week.

It’s being reported on Thursday that Arsene Wenger’s midfield options are about to be narrowed again with updates on Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny.

Starting with the Egyptian international, Elneny was forced out of the FA Cup win over Sutton United at the start of the week with a knock.

It’s now being widely reported that the African star is out for three weeks after he sustained a knee injury against the non league side.

Santi Cazorla

News on Santi Cazorla

Arsenal have also been without Spanish fulcrum Santi Cazorla for the majority of the season; many Gooners believe that’s one of the main reasons for why the club have underperformed for much of the season.

In a bitter blow reported by the Mirror, hopes that Cazorla could return to the Arsenal setup before the end of the campaign have now been extinguished.

Finally, Arsenal’s woes in midfield could be about to increase with the imminent return of Aaron Ramsey to the senior squad.

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Santi Cazorla

Another setback

Arsene Wenger delivered more bad news to Arsenal fans about Santi Cazorla at his Friday press conference. The Spanish schemer has been injured for much of the season. It was hoped that he would be fit again by March but that deadline is now looking unlikely as he’s suffered a setback. He needed surgery on his injured right foot.

Wenger said: “He had a little procedure, yes, but we have a meeting today with the medical people to see what it was.”

Cazorla hasn’t made an appearance for the club since October 19 after suffering an inflamed tendon. Surgery in early December meant he would be out for three months. But Wenger yesterday updated fans with the news that he’ll be out for at least ten more weeks. It’s a huge blow for Cazorla having missed more than half of last season too.

Title run-in return

Asked if fans can expect Cazorla back for the title run-in, Wenger replied: “Yeah, I hope so.

“Because once you start to go out [running outside] you have to count six weeks’ preparation. At the moment he’s not at that level, so let’s hope he can come back in the next three or four weeks on the pitch.”

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Great news for Gooners

Cazorla in action for Arsenal
Cazorla in action for Arsenal

Santi Cazorla injury

Santi Cazorla’s injury last month put a massive dent in Arsenal’s title bid.

The diminutive Spaniard is a central cog in the Arsenal machine; his perceptive, calm passing is key to building Arsenal’s attacks, and without him they lose their midfield foundation.

Indeed, his injury this time last year essentially put paid to Arsenal’s title hopes; they faltered badly in his absence over the following few months.

But this time around, Cazorla’s injury isn’t as bad as initially feared: he was originally diagnosed with a 3 month layoff, but the midfielder posted a video last week reassuring fans that it would only be 2 months.

Successful Surgery

And his surgery went off successfully today.

Cazorla posted a video of himself preparing for his tea and toast, and looking as happy as Larry after his successful foot operation.

He’ll now have a period of convalescence, before hopefully returning to training some time in the new year, with a view to getting back on the pitch by the end of January.

Surgery done! It was perfect! Looking forward to be back at the #emiratesstadium with you! @arsenal

A photo posted by Santi Cazorla (@santicazorla) on

Santi Cazorla reassures Arsenal fans over injury timeline (Video)

Great news, Gooners

Cazorla in action for Arsenal
Cazorla in action for Arsenal

Santi Cazorlia Injury

Arsenal were rocked last week by the news that Santi Cazorla was set to miss three months due to a foot injury.

The Spanish midfield maestro is central to Arsenal’s title ambitions, indeed his long injury layoff last season was a major factor in the Gunners’ title collapse.

But it’s not as bad as initially feared, as Cazorla explained in a video today.

Midfielder reassures fans

Cazorla uploaded a video to allay fans fears, explaining that the medical staff have identified the problem, and that once he’s been operated on, he’ll be back within 2 months – a month sooner than initially expected.

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Same old Wenger

Another month, another injury and another denial about spending in the January transfer window.

Yep, that’s right. Arsenal fans are facing months watching Santi Cazorla on the sidelines after his injury turned out to be worse than first feared, but despite seeing one of their most crucial players crocked (again) Wenger won’t be splashing the cash in  January.

Wenger’s press conference

Wenger revealed that at his press conference ahead of the game at the London Stadium against West Ham, and here are some of the other key points the long serving Frenchman made while speaking to the media.

  • On Debuchy – “It is a severe hamstring injury, he will be out for six weeks at least. It is frustrating, but even more so for him. He is a fighter and will fight to come back.”
  • On Cazorla – “What has gone wrong is that he has an inflammation at the back of his foot and no one knows where it has come from. With bone inflammations, you never know how long it lasts.”
  • On replacing the creative star – “No, not really. Firstly, we have the numbers and quality in midfield.  And in January you will not normally find a Cazorla – even if you want to.”
  • On the London Stadium –  “It takes a few years to make a new stadium your home, you need to create memories and history.  “You cannot create it artificially, you have to recreate the link with the stadium like you had at your previous home.”

The injury list is getting longer

Cazorla, Debuchy and Danny Welbeck are long-term absentees, and Arsenal fans could be forgiven for wondering just why this happens every single season.

Olivier Giroud is also carrying a knock, and could miss the weekend’s game against West Ham, but the injury is not thought to be serious.

If Jack Wilshere manages to stay fit for the majority of the season while on loan at Bournemouth, perhaps it really is time to start taking a look at just what on earth is going on at the north London club.

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Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla

Cazorla surgery

Arsenal fans have reacted in melodramatic fashion to the news that Santi Cazorla needs surgery. The diminutive Spaniard is travelling to Sweden next week for surgery on his right ankle.

The Arsenal website wrote this: ‘The club’s medical team and specialists have decided that surgery is required to the plantaris tendon in the Spain international’s right foot.’

This decision means that he’s going to be out of action for around three months. Cue Gooner despair.

Last resort

Supporters are understandably frustrated given that Cazorla has been in a rehabilitation programme since picking up the injury in the Champions League home match against Ludogorets on October 19. But they should take into account that surgery is a last resort. Given the mooted recovery time, they didn’t want Cazorla to go under the knife either.

That’s scant consolation for the loss of a player who makes Arsenal tick. Arsene Wenger recently said this about the midfielder: “He’s important to our technical stability in the team, to the quality of our decision-making and to our build-up from deep midfield to the high midfield. That’s an important stage because it gets the ball out from the defenders. We have enough quality players in our side to get around that, even if Santi a massive player for us.

“We are good enough to find solutions despite the fact he’s not there.”

Some Arsenal fans are even calling for the club to recall Jack Wilshere from Bournemouth.

Read their reaction tweets on the latest injury news below.

Rumours spread that Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla needs surgery

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla

Update on Santi Cazorla

Arsenal fans may have to brace themselves to be without Santi Cazorla for a while longer.

According to rumours on Thursday, the Spanish midfielder has been advised to have surgery.

The story has come from IBTimes journalist Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal. He has claimed the following:

Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has been advised by top specialists to undergo surgery that would correct the Achilles tendon injury that has prevented him for playing since October, IBTimes UK sources understand.

The Spanish maestro and the Gunners are expected to make a final decision in the coming hours, with the drastic measure set to keep the midfielder out of action until 2017.

Cazorla is a big loss

So crucial to Arsenal’s midfield play, Cazorla has been out since picking up another knock on his achilles in the Champions League home game against Ludogorets.

After Wednesday’s EFL Cup defeat to Southampton, Arsene Wenger said of Cazorla:

Cazorla I don’t know, honestly. It’s just inflammation. It can go in two days, two weeks – I don’t know.

He has no setback, the inflammation is just still here. At the moment, it’s stable.

With news that he made need surgery, one hopes that Cazorla can put his injury problems to bed and return sometime in the new year.

Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League, and they are on a poor run. In their last five matches, they have one win, three draws and a defeat.

This weekend they travel across London to face West Ham.

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Jack Wilshere & Santi Cazorla
Jack Wilshere & Santi Cazorla
Jack Wilshere & Santi Cazorla

Jack Wilshere & Arsenal

Are the Gunners starting to have FOMO?

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was sent out on loan in the summer transfer window, and he opted to join Bournemouth.

That’s afforded Wilshere the opportunity of playing regular Premier League matches, while he’s also occupied a more attacking role in the Cherries team than compared to his more defensive role in the Gunners XI.

Wilshere will be absent for Bournemouth’s match at Arsenal this weekend, as per the terms of his loan agreement.

But if the rumours are true, the England international could be playing at the Emirates sooner rather than later.

Rumours of a new deal

We often mention Pablo, aka @AFCCAMDAM, as one of the few ITK’s on social media who gets stories before they break.

Pablo has revealed that Arsenal are planning to open contract talks with Wilshere in the next few weeks.

In additional contract news, it’s claimed that Arsenal have no intention of renewing Santi Cazorla’s contract when it expires.

Here’s what Pablo has had to say:

The good news is the club are now moving to secure the player’s long term future. With Santi Cazorla unlikely to be renewed & Aaron Ramsey’s long term Arsenal future in doubt, Arsenal know they will struggle to find a player of Jack’s ability anywhere in Europe to fill the void.

I’m told Jack see’s his long-term future at Arsenal, however Arsenal will need to put the right contract with the right assurances in front of him. I still make him odds-on to be a future Arsenal captain.

Wilshere’s current Arsenal contract is set to expire in 2017.

Cazorla’s contract is also up at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger gives mixed update on fitness of Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla

Arsene Wenger gives mixed update on fitness of Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla
Arsene Wenger gives mixed update on fitness of Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla

Arsenal miss Santi Cazorla

Arsenal fans are wondering when Santi Cazorla will return to first team action as the Spaniard is sorely missed.

Cazorla started his Arsenal career as a winger but has since established himself as arguably the key central midfielder at the club.

On Saturday, Arsenal’s midfield was disjointed as Wenger paired Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny in the centre of the park against Manchester United.

The fluidity of Arsenal’s midfield relies on Cazorla, but in his pre-PSG press conference, Wenger gave a mixed response when discussing the Spaniard.

Cazorla has been troubled by an achilles problem since the Champions League home game with Ludogorets.

“My gut feeling is two weeks”

Wenger said: “I don’t know how far Santi is (from returning). He looks to me to that he is making progress, but as long as a player is not in full time training with the squad it is difficult to set targets.”

Wenger continued: “It’s not a big injury, it’s not an injury which will harm his future, but it’s an inflammation at the back of his achilles, and it’s very difficult on inflammations to give a set time.”

The Arsenal boss was pushed on a time scale and said: “My gut feeling is two weeks, but after two weeks it takes another two weeks of training to get back to full fitness.”

Were Cazorla to be out another month, he would realistically be back for the Boxing Day games, which means missing eight matches at least.

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Arsenal's Santi Cazorla
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla

What’s going on with Santi Cazorla?

In the aftermath of the 1-1 draw at Man United on Saturday, one line of commentary from many Arsenal fans is that they are badly missing Santi Cazorla. 

The diminutive maestro was in fine scoring form at the start of the season, however that was curtailed by an injury.

The Spaniard has been out of action for four weeks now with an ongoing Achilles problem.

On Sunday, the Mirror posted an update on Cazorla as follows:

Santi Cazorla has been sent to Spain for specialist treatment in a bid to cure an injury problem that has kept him out of the Arsenal team for a month.

Midfielder Cazorla hoped to be fit for the derby clash against Tottenham two weeks ago.

The 31-year-old had been to consult Barcelona-based Dr Ramon Cugat as he looks for a cure of his Achilles tendon problems.

Fact: Cazorla wasn’t in Spain on Saturday night

On the plain reading of the Mirror’s report, Cazorla in now in Spain. 

However that can’t be accurate, as the Arsenal midfielder last night attended a gala event in London. 

That’s been proven by Robert Pires, as he uploaded a group photo including Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and David Beckham on his social media account. 

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Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla

Manchester United v Arsenal

The international break ends with a belter of a Premier League match: Manchester United v Arsenal.

Whilst Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to suspension, Arsenal fans have been fretting over some of their best players on international duty.

The latest from Chile is that Alexis Sanchez will play on Tuesday night, despite reportedly tearing his thigh in training last week.

Sanchez looks set to play against Uruguay much to the chagrin of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Also set to miss out on the Manchester United Premier League match is Hector Bellerin, with an ankle knock.

Cazorla out until December

Another player to add to the injury list at Arsenal is Spanish schemer Santi Cazorla.

So crucial to Arsenal’s midfield play, Cazorla has been out since picking up another knock on his achilles in the Champions League home game against Ludogorets.

The reliable Pablo (@AFCAMDEN) has revealed that Cazorla is expected to be out at least until December.

This means the Spaniard will miss games against PSG, Bournemouth and Southampton, besides the clash at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Related: Santi Cazorla reveals his dog is called Zlatan in rapid-fire questions (Video).

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla reveals his dog is called Zlatan in rapid-fire questions (Video)

Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla.

Cazorla & Monreal answer rapid-fire questions

Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal quizzed each other with some rapid-fire questions recently.

The pair were given a series of random questions by Arsenal and had to rattle each one off, one-by-one, on the clubs official YouTube channel.

One of the questions from Monreal to Cazorla was ‘who do you prefer, Cristiano Ronaldo or Brazilian Ronaldo?’ to which Cazorla answered Brazilian Ronaldo, as he believes he was the best striker in the world in his day.

Monreal then revealed that his childhood hero was Michael Laudrup and that his favourite movie is The Lord of the Rings.

Cazorla reveals his dog is called Zlatan

As the pair continued to ask questions, Monreal asked Cazorla what the name of his three dogs are.

Whilst two of the dogs had fairly normal names, Cazorla revealed that one of his dogs is infact called Zlatan, after Manchester United forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

It seems the Spaniard is huge fan of the Swedish star.

See the video below:

Mixed injury news for Arsenal ahead of Spurs clash, Cazorla definitely out

Theo Walcott is fit for Spurs, Santi Cazorla isn't
Theo Walcott is fit for Spurs, Santi Cazorla isn't
Theo Walcott is fit for Spurs, Santi Cazorla isn’t

Santi Cazorla misses the north London derby

Whilst Tottenham are fretting over the fitness of Harry Kane for their trip to Arsenal, the Gunners have received mixed news on some of their players ahead of the north London derby.

Arsene Wenger admitted that up to five players would have fitness tests before the clash against Tottenham on Sunday lunchtime.

Nacho Monreal appeared to confirm his fitness on Instagram on Thursday.

Whilst a strong source has confirmed that Santi Cazorla will miss out with an achilles injury.

Theo Walcott returns

Cazorla was in fantastic form for Arsenal before picking up this injury. The Spaniard is a key man for the Gunners but there are plenty of replacements.

Granit Xhaka returns to the Arsenal squad after a three-match suspension for his sending off against Middlesbrough.

And, the positive news for Arsene Wenger is that Theo Walcott is fit and available to play for Arsenal against Spurs.

See the Tweets on Arsenal’s Cazorla and Walcott below.

Injury updates on Theo Walcott & Santi Cazorla (Video)

Theo Walcott & Santi Cazorla
Theo Walcott & Santi Cazorla
Theo Walcott & Santi Cazorla

Ludogorets v Arsenal

The Gunners are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Bulgaria to take on Ludogorets in the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s charges come into the game on top form, having beaten Sunderland 4-1 last week.

Moreover, Ludogorets were thumped 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the reverse fixture against Arsenal.

Gunners injury updates

It seems clear that Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal will all be out of action for Tuesday game in Eastern Europe.

On Monday, Walcott was filmed at Arsenal’s London Colney facilities training by himself.

Walcott missed the Sunderland match with a hamstring injury, and it seems highly unlikely that he’ll feature in this week’s Champions League match.

Moreover, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are also likely to miss the Ludogorets game having failed to train with the first team squad on Monday.

For the record, Arsenal host Tottenham in the NLD this weekend in the Premier League.

Santi Cazorla to wear new puma boots for North-London derby v Spurs

The new Puma evoTOUCH Santi Cazorla football boots.
The new Puma evoTOUCH Santi Cazorla football boots.
The new Puma evoTOUCH Santi Cazorla football boots.

Arsenal v Tottenham

The first North-London derby of the season takes place next weekend.

Arsenal, who are flying at the moment – losing just once in the last 7 months, host a Tottenham side who haven’t won at the Emirates since 2010.

It promises to be an explosive encounter and with the excitement building ahead of the game, Santi Cazorla has had his own personalised boots designed for the match.

Cazorla to wear special edition Puma boots

Cazorla, who is of course sponsored by Puma, has had a special edition of the evoTOUCH boots, designed by the brand.

The boots feature similar colors as Arsenal’s current home jersey and have an inscription on the toebox as well a ‘Derby Fever’ graphic on the outside rear.

See different pictures of the special edition Puma evoTOUCH boots below (via Footy Headlines):

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Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla admits he wants to win UCL in his bucket list (Video)

Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla.

Santi Cazorla’s bucket list

When speaking to Bleacher Report, Santi Cazorla revealed some of his bucket list.

The Spaniard was asked different questions like ‘who would you most like to meet?’, and ‘what sporting event would you most like to attend?’.

He answered the questions accordingly and gave some interesting answers.

When asked who he would most like to meet, Cazorla said Diego Maradona as he is one of the best players in football history.

He then said that Wimbledon is the sporting event he’d most like to attend and that he’d work with electronics, like computers or phones, if he was not a footballer.

He also revealed that Alexis Sanchez is his favourite team-mate at Arsenal and that it is a goal of his to win the Champions League trophy.

Cazorla want’s Champions League trophy

Of course, the most interesting thing Santi Cazorla had on his bucket list was his desire to win the Champions League trophy.

Arsenal have never won the trophy in the history of their club and Santi Cazorla admitted it is the best trophy there is.

Given Arsenal’s recent record in the Champions League over the past few years, I think Santi may have to wait a while to get his hands on the prestigious piece of silverware.

See what else Cazorla included in his bucket list below:

Santi Cazorla on his changing role at Arsenal (video)

Santi Cazorla on his changing role at Arsenal (video)
Santi Cazorla on his changing role at Arsenal (video)

Santi Cazorla the veteran

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has become a fundamentally important player for Arsene Wenger.

Cazorla started out on the wing with the Gunners but is now very much the fulcrum of the side from a central midfield position.

The diminutive Spaniard dictates play for Arsenal and if he performs well, the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can flourish.

The official Arsenal YouTube channel have released a clip with Cazorla where he talks about his changing role at the club.

Cazorla on Bellerin

Specifically, Cazorla talks about how he guides youngsters at the club such as Hector Bellerin, a fellow Spaniard.

Now 31, Cazorla compares how he feels as one of the oldest players of the side, compared to when he was playing for Villarreal.

The Gunners face Swansea on Saturday as they return to Premier League action.

Watch the official Arsenal YouTube clip below.

Santi Cazorla reveals his future Arsenal plans as Atletico Madrid circle [Cadena Ser]

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla talks to Cadena Ser

It’s so far been a productive season for Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla.

Cazorla has already scored a couple of Premier League goals for the Gooners from the penalty spot, while a terrific stat is also doing the rounds that only Manchester City’s David Silva (36) has assisted more Premier League goals since August 2012 than Santi Cazorla (35).

The 31-year-old is under contract until 2017, and he’s now discussed his career plans during the international break.

Also see: Details of Mesut Ozil & Alexis Sanchez’s huge Arsenal contract demands revealed [Times]

Plans to sign on

Cazorla hopes to stay at the Emirates Stadium for the long term, as he told Cadena Ser:

I am happy here and feel appreciated by the manager and my team mates. If Arsenal offered me a new contract, I’ll sign it.

Atletico Madrid are supposedly also looking at signing Cazorla, and the midfielder talked about the supposed interest from the Rojiblancos:

Atletico is a great club and coach Diego Simeone is doing amazing things there.

But I am very happy at Arsenal and I want to stay longer.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla commentate last season’s 3-0 win over Man United (Video)

Santi and Mesut having a laugh
Santi and Mesut having a laugh
Santi and Mesut having a laugh

UnClasssic Commentary

Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla tried their hand at commentating in the latest episode of Arsenal’s UnClassic Commentary series.

Fans have been waiting for Ozil to appear in the series for a while and won’t be disappointed with his brilliant humour.

The duo were commentating on last season’s 3-0 home win over Manchester United, one of Arsenal’s highlights of the last campaign.

Goals from Sanchez and Ozil himself sealed the win over Louis van Gaal’s men.

“Easy, like in training”

Ozil, known for his passing and assisting, jokes that ‘Ozil’ was selfish by taking on the shot rather than teeing up a teammate.

The Red Devils got revenge later in the season when a brace from Marcus Rashford on his Premier League debut helped down the Gunners and end their title hopes.

Check out the hilarious video below

Santi Cazorla picks his all-time Arsenal XI, includes 1 player from current side (video)

Santi Cazorla picks his all-time Arsenal XI, includes 1 player from current side (video)
Santi Cazorla picks his all-time Arsenal XI, includes 1 player from current side (video)

Santi Cazorla picks his all-time Arsenal XI

Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla has picked his all-time Arsenal XI for video channel Unscriptd.

Cazorla has been a revelation for the Gunners, ever since Arsene Wenger picked up the diminutive Spaniard up cheap from Malaga.

This season, Cazorla has looked back to his best in the Arsenal engine room, after a long injury lay-off in 2015/2016.

Cazorla has been first choice for Arsenal this season, in the centre of midfield, with the likes of Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka fighting for a place alongside him.

Only Ozil from the current team

The all-time Arsenal XI put forward by Cazorla is not wholly unexpected with the likes of David Seaman, Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams and Sol Campbell all bagging a place in the side.

We suspect Gooners will not be too happy about the inclusions of Bacary Sagna and Ashley Cole, but it is understandable.

Only one member of the current side makes it: German playmaker Mesut Ozil.

Which may elicit a question from Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez…

Related: Hilarious: James Corden becomes Arsenal’s manager for one day (Video).

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla attempts to recreate famous Thierry Henry wonder goal (Video)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry's wonder goal against Manchester United.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry’s wonder goal against Manchester United.

Henry’s wonder goal

There wasn’t much that Thierry Henry couldn’t do with a football.

The Arsenal legend, who is fifth in the list of all-time Premier League goal scorers (175 goals), was unbelievable in his hay-day.

He scored some absolute peaches in his time and one goal that sticks out in particular is his strike against Manchester United in the year 2000.

The Frenchman picked up the ball on the edge of the area – holding the opposition defender off in the process – took one touch to flick the ball up, and swivelled around striking the ball into the top bins of Manchester United’s goal.

Of course, as this goal was against Manchester United, who were fierce rivals of Arsenal’s at the time, it made the goal that little bit sweeter.

Cazorla attempts Henry goal

Henry’s goal is still recognised as one of the best strikes in the Premier League era and it would be difficult for any top class player to pull off.

However, in BT Sport’s latest addition of #GoalsRecreated, Santi Cazorla attempts to emulate the strike.

He has 4 attempts to do so and without giving too much away, he does very well in his efforts.

Watch the video below:

Arsenal stars Ozil, Cazorla and Xhaka take five shot challenge with Copa 90 (Video)

Arsenal took part in this week's five shot challenge
Arsenal took part in this week’s five shot challenge

Five shot challenge

Arsenal took part in this week’s five shot challenge with Copa 90. The Gunners had three of their very best representatives answering the call. Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka listened to Vuj and Poet explain the rules. With zero points for a miss, one for a save, two for a goal and three for top bins, there were, obviously, five shots to be taken.

Three were from outside the box: A left-foot strike, right-foot strike and two-touch volley. There was also the opportunity to go one-on-one against Vuj and blast a shot beyond him from the penalty spot.

A day with Vuj

We won’t spoil who won the challenge but we have a feeling that the result was influenced by the prize: Spending a day with Vuj. Watch the challenge unfold in the video below.

Arsene Wenger confused why Alexis Sanchez took Arsenal penalty at Hull (video)

Arsene Wenger confused why Alexis Sanchez took Arsenal penalty at Hull (video)
Arsene Wenger confused why Alexis Sanchez took Arsenal penalty at Hull (video)

Santi Cazorla is Arsenal’s first choice penalty taker

Arsenal bagged an impressive win at Hull on Saturday and the Gunners are surely getting into their groove now.

Arsene Wenger’s side have recovered from their slow start to the campaign with three wins on the bounce in the Premier League.

There were a huge amount of positives to take from Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Hull, not least the performance of Granit Xhaka.

Related: An explanation of Granit Xhaka’s celebration after his first Arsenal goal v Hull.

Why did Alexis Sanchez take Arsenal’s penalty at Hull?

Arsenal were already 1-0 up at Hull thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s opener when they won a penalty just before the break.

Alexis Sanchez took it and saw Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic dive to his right for an excellent save.

This is not the first time Alexis Sanchez has missed a penalty for Arsenal in the Premier League.

The fact Sanchez took the penalty was a real surprise to many Arsenal fans, since Santi Cazorla is the Gunners main spot kick taker.

For example, a week ago, Cazorla took the Arsenal penalty to bag a late win over Southampton.

When questioned after the game, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was as much at a loss as anyone else about why Sanchez took it – see video below.

Ultimately, Arsenal won 4-1 and Sanchez scored two, so we doubt anyone is losing any sleep about it…