Wenger rules out January move for Cazorla replacement

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2016 9:47

Arsene Wenger has suggested that Arsenal have more than enough quality in midfield to cover for the loss of injured Santi Cazorla.

The Spaniard is facing three months on the sidelines after undergoing ankle surgery, but that will not be enough to force Wenger into the transfer market.

“In midfield we have many players, in January you will not necessarily find a Cazorla,” said Wenger.

“I believe on the injury front we have been very strong and not had many injuries this season, very few muscle injuries.”

Wenger also expanded on Cazorla’s injury, which has proved to be something of a mystery.

“For me it is very bad news,” added Wenger.

“There is not a date (for him to play again) I try to put everything into place to avoid surgery. It creates anxiety, rehabilitation and if you can avoid it you do.

“In this case we have come to the conclusion (of surgery), and now they tell me he will be out for two months at least, but two months can sometimes be three.

“Santi is desperate to play football, he is only interested in playing football and just wants to cure it.

“He has inflammation in the back of his foot, which no-one knows where it is coming from.

“The anti-inflammatory injections have not got rid of it. The specialist we discussed it with said he had to open it up.”

Cazorla is joined on the injury list by Mathieu Debuchy, who is out until February at the earliest, while the only doubt for the Saturday evening clash against West Ham is Olivier Giroud.

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