Cazorla blow for Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has gone on to reveal that star midfielder Santi Cazorla could potentially be ruled out for the rest of the season. Cazorla has been out of action since October after damaging his Achilles tendon and the Spaniard went through surgery in order to get the problem fixed.
However, the 32-year-old’s recovery process as not gone as well as anticipated and now Wenger has hinted that the ex-Villarreal star could well potentially be ruled out for the remainder of the current Premier League campaign.
Wenger was quoted saying by the Daily Mail, “Santi is far from starting to run again. He had a little procedure and we have a meeting with the medical people today to see what it really was.
“Certainly he will not be available in the next six weeks, that is for sure. Will he play again this season? I hope so because once you start to go outside, you have to count six weeks' preparation. 'At the moment he is not at that level. Let's hope he can come back in the next three or four weeks on the pitch.”
Cech, Ozil and Alexis available but trio out against Swansea
Arsenal prepare for a must win clash against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and one can be sure that manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to field his strongest possible lineup for the clash, having rested a number of key players for the 2-1 FA Cup 3rd Round victory over Preston North End last weekend.
Wenger has given an update regarding his potential squad for the encounter and has confirmed that the trio of Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny will be available on the day.
The Frenchman said, “Basically we have the same players available as last week, plus Koscielny is coming back, Petr Cech is back in the squad, Mesut Ozil and Alexis as well.”
However, Wenger stated that he is still without the services of Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott, who has aggravated his calf problem.
He continued, “Walcott is still out. He is one of the players who doesn’t come back. But he was not rested last week, he was injured. He is now out for three-and-a-half weeks, and I think he will not be available for Burnley. He will need another week, two more weeks.
“Not concerned, because it was at the start a little calf problem, but he was not comfortable when he started to train again and we had to pull him out again.”
Wenger wants more goals from Ozil
Mesut Ozil is undoubtedly one of the best attacking midfielders in the world but he has often understandably been criticized for not finding the back of the net on a consistent basis.
Now even manager Arsene Wenger has gone on to state that he wants Ozil to score more goals and believes that the German international can dramatically improve in such an aspect of his game, even though he is currently enjoying his most prolific spell in front of goal for the Gunners this season.
Wenger said, “I think what you want of him is to score goals. We all feel certainly that there is still a gap there between what he can do. He is moving in the right way but always, from such a talent, you are maybe a little bit unjust because you always want more.
“You feel there is no limitation in his game and so you always say: ‘come on give us more’ because you always have feeling he can do more. We are all human beings who can improve every day. The problem is that we have to first realise if we want more, how we get more and then after, do it.”