The images of Santi Cazorla’s ankle that have emerged over the last couple of days have left nobody in any doubt as to how serious his problems have been.
The Spaniard has lost 8cm from his Achilles tendon and there were genuine fears that he might lose his foot at one stage, so it’s clearly been a horrific ordeal for him.
He’s currently training alone in Salamanca, Spain, working to get back to full fitness and to pull on the red and white jersey again, and Arsene Wenger says that the Spaniard is determined despite how hard it’s been.
“I have been in touch with Santi throughout his rehab, and it has been extremely tough and testing for him,” he told the official website.
“If there is one guy who loves football passionately, loves to be on the pitch, and comes in with a smile every day when he is fit, it’s Santi Cazorla, so you know he suffers a lot not to be out there with the ball at his feet.
“He is extremely strong and brave, and behind his smile is a strength you would not guess.
“He is a very strong character, and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well and we hope to have him back soon.”