Although he’s working hard to come back from a persistent, chronic Achilles tendon issue, it looks as if the earliest we’ll see Santi Cazorla in an Arsenal shirt is in 2018.
The Spaniard has been left out of the 25 man squad submitted to the Premier League on the close of the transfer window, but could be added in January when the lists are revisited.
Earlier this year, he revealed he’d had eight surgeries to try and correct the problem, and it looks as if his return is still some way off.
Jack Wilshere is included, as is Mathieu Debuchy, while in the absence of Emi Martinez (on loan at Getafe), two young goalkeepers are on the list.
22 year old Macedonian Dejan Iliev, and Matt Macey are both in contention for some EFL Cup action and to battle for third choice behind Petr Cech and David Ospina.
The full squad is listed below.
Arsenal Squad 2017-18
Elneny, Mohamed Naser Elsayed
Holding, Robert Samuel*
Macey, Matthew Ryan
Ramsey, Aaron James*
Walcott, Theo James*
Wilshere, Jack Andrew*