Santi Cazorla says he’s being patient about his recovery from injury, admitting he still has a long way to go before he’s back on the pitch.
The Spaniard initially underwent surgery on his ankle in October 2016 and has had setback after setback ever since. An infection in his foot was so bad that even after skin graft operations it looked like he might never play again.
Thankfully, as evidenced by a recent training session in front of fans at the Emirates, he’s on the mend and in a positive frame of mind. Of course, his contract at Arsenal ends this summer and it remains to be seen whether the club are willing to offer him an extension.
After watching Atletico Madrid end Arsenal’s Europa League campaign, Santi reflected on the situation.
“Personally, I feel very frustrated, because of my injury, I could not help the manager and the team,” he said.
“I could not enjoy watching, but I tried to support my team-mates off the pitch in anyway.
“I am on my way [back] and I am positive. I still have a long time to go and I have to be patient.
“I’m trying to do more things on the pitch day by day, but I don’t want to make plans for the future and I hope to be back as soon as possible.”
Unsurprisingly, the squad have taken defeat in the Spanish capital badly.
“Everybody was very disappointed,” added Santi.
“It was not an easy moment for us. It is very sad. We wanted to reach the final, for so many reasons, to save the season, for the manager, for the club and for the fans and, to be so close to the final, it is very hard.”
As Arsenal continue their search for a new manager, Cazorla thinks there’s reason for optimism, despite the current uncertainty.
“I think the club is planning to makes changes in so many areas, and planning exciting changes for the future.
“I don’t know who will come, but is for sure the manager is not going to carry on.
“We have not been told who is going to be the new coach, we can only speculate about the new Arsenal project. Now, we have to finish the season in the best form possible and to say goodbye to the boss in the best possible way.”