Arsenal have confirmed that midfielder Santi Cazorla has been ruled out for up to three months through injury.
The Premier League side, who currently sit fourth in the English top-flight table following their latest 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium, meaning they are just three points behind league leaders Chelsea, have announced that the Spain international is travelling to Sweden next week to undergo surgery on his right ankle.
The 31-year-old, who has 77 international caps for his country, has scored two goals and provided three assists in 11 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners so far this season.
However Cazorla, who joined the Premier League side from Malaga back in August 2012, suffered the ankle injury against Ludogorets in Arsenal’s 6-0 Champions League victory back on October 19, 2016.
In late-October, manager Arsene Wenger commented on Cazorla’s absence, saying, “When Santi is out we miss the pass from deep midfield to high midfield, security on the ball, getting out of pressure.
“When we are getting closed down, he gets you out of tight situations and creates openings for the team.
“There is as well a good understanding between him and Mesut Ozil.
“No matter how big Santi is, and God knows that I rate him highly, we have as well drawn and lost games with him as well. We have to find a solution with the players that are on the pitch.”