Arsene Wenger has ruled out signing a replacement for Santi Cazorla in the summer transfer window, according to reports.
The midfielder has been out with an Achilles injury for eight weeks and is set to spend another three months out after suffering an ankle injury last week.
He is expected to undergoe a surgery on his ankle next week which will keep him out for majority of the season.
His absence will reduce the number of options available to Wenger in midfield and the boss has admitted that he is unhappy with Cazorla’s injury struggles.
However, he admitted he will not sign a replacement to the midfielder in January, insisting that he has enough options within the squad to replace the midfielder.
“We will not sign a replacement for Santi in January. We have many players in midfield. Plus you will not necessarily find a good replacement for Santi in January,” Wenger said at a news conference, as quoted by Goal.
“For me, the surgery is very bad news. You know the date of the surgery, but never when the player will be able to play again. I always try to avoid surgery, because it creates anxiety and rehab.
“I think when you can avoid it, you have to do so. But in this case we have reached the conclusion it is the best solution. He could be out for two to three months.
“I was optimistic about him. He has an inflammation at the back of his foot. Nobody knows where it comes from. The injections have not solved the problem. So we have decided on surgery.
“Santi is desperate to play football. He is only happy if he can play. I spoke to him and he wants to get out of this vicious circle, where he returns and then gets injured again.
“We have no regrets over the way we dealt with his situation. We have been very strong on in the injury front. We have not had many injuries. We had very few muscular injuries. We have had a few injuries we could not do anything about, like with Cazorla.”
Cazorla’s injury is definitely a big blow to us. The Spaniard has been integral to our style of play in recent years and his absence will definitely be felt.
One can understand Wenger’s stand considering he has Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Mohammed Elneny available to him but whether any of them can adequately replace Cazorla is another question.
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