Many Arsenal fans including myself believe Arsenal would have won the league last season if Cazorla did not get injured. Such has been the impact of the Spaniard in the current Arsenal side that we tend to struggle to control the midfield whenever he is not playing. Although we have Ramsey, Wilshere ( who is now on loan ), Elneny and now Xhaka who can all play in the same position as Cazorla, none of them can boast of the same quality as the Spaniard.
This is why I and I believe many Arsenal fans were worried when Cazorla was subbed off in the 57th minute of the 6-0 win over Ludogorets last night due to what was later confirmed as a knock. Although Wenger hinted that the injury is not a serious one during his post match press conference, many including myself still remained scared owing to how unlucky Arsenal have been with injuries.
Cazorla himself has now come out to confirm that the injury is not a serious one and that he will be available for this weekend’s clash against Middlesbrough. This is certainly good news for us especially as Xhaka is out of the clash after Arsenal decided not to appeal his red card.
Talking to IBtimes, Cazorla was quoted as saying; “I have a pain in the tendon,”
“I got a kick in the first half [against Ludogorets] and during the second I still had some pain so, with the result in our favour, the boss decided to give me a rest.
“It was good to recover for Saturday.”
Sanchez who was also subbed off against Ludogorets yesterday will also be back for the weekend clash after Wenger confirmed he only removed the Chilean in order to rest him, probably for the Boro clash.
Both Ramsey and Giroud are also likely to be back as official training pictures released by the club before yesterday’s clash showed both players in training.
Should Arsenal manage to keep Cazorla and the rest of the squad fit for the bulk of this season, I strongly believe we will be winning the league ahead of Manchester City ( who I reckon to be our real challenger this season ). We seem to have finally learnt from our mistakes of the past.
We play more as a team and our defense is much more better than that of last season. We are also scoring more goals and aside that, we are grinding out narrow wins as shown by the 3-2 win over Swansea and 1-0 over Burnley has shown.