Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla set for 3-month injury absence

Arsenal have faced yet another injury blow, with one of their main creators in the midfield in Santi Cazorla being ruled out for three months with a knee injury.

Cazorla damaged his ligament in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road Sunday. The 30-year-old’s setback adds only frustration to a squad that is facing injuries to many of their key players.

Along with Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez were also withdrawn against Norwich. These recent injuries have only added to the long list including Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck.

With so many key attackers gone, along with Coquelin in the heart of the midfield and Koscielny the main man in central defense, Arsenal are truly lacking in depth now, and the Cazorla injury only adds to that.

Three months without Cazorla, who has started every Premier League match for the Gunners this season, could see too much put on Ozil’s shoulders in terms of creating goals, especially without so many of Arsenal’s other attacking options.

Manager Arsene Wenger will have plenty of work to do to keep Arsenal contending, especially with Liverpool and Spurs breathing down their necks as Arsenal sit in the fourth spot in the table. He’ll be hoping for the quick return of Sanchez, and if Jack Wilshere can be fit after the New Year like it’s been reported, that will certainly help in the lengthy absence of Coquelin. Still, the loss of Cazorla means a lot of work to be done in South London.

 

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