Arsenal fans will be forgiven for almost forgetting about experienced Spain international Santi Cazorla, who has struggled with a number of injury issues during recent campaigns.
The former Malaga man sees his contract expire in just a few months time and he’s expected to leave the Emirates Stadium, having failed to make a single appearance for the Gunners this season.
However, the 33-year-old was pictured training at the stadium last week as he continues his recovery from a lengthy injury absence, having not featured since October 2016, and he has now stated he’s eyeing a return before the end of the season.
Quoted by Spanish outlet AS, Cazorla said:
“I’ve still got some way to go, because after being sidelined for 18 months, everything has to be done in its own time. But the sensations I have keep getting better and I’m feeling optimistic about the future. The objective is to play some part with the team before the season ends, but we have to take things carefully.”
“After being out for so long it will take a while to get back into form, it’s a real struggle, but when you have been out like I have, you also notice pains elsewhere – apart from what I’ve had with my tendon. But all of that must mean that I am doing things right, and I hope to be back as soon as possible.”