Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash with West Ham.
There was further confirmation of the Santi Cazorla news, which will see the Spaniard ruled out for three months when he undergoes ankle surgery to correct a long-standing Achilles problem.
“For me it’s very bad news, because you always know the date of the surgery, but never the the date when they play again,” he said.
“He has an inflammation at the back of his foot, but nobody really knows where it comes from. The anti-inflammatory injections have not got rid of it.
“I always do my utmost to avoid surgery, it can cause rehab and complications, but in this case we have come to that conclusion. They tell me he’ll be out for two months at least, but it could be three.”
Asked if it might mean a January transfer move, he played that down, saying, “In midfield, we have many players. And you can’t find a Cazorla even if you wanted to.”
In terms of the rest of the injury news, he continued, “Elneny came out of our last game with sickness, we’ll test him today.”
As well as that he revealed Olivier Giroud is a doubt for tomorrow with a groin problem, and on Mathieu Debuchy he revealed the French international would miss around 6 weeks with a ‘severe hamstring’ injury.