There are many things synonymous with Arsenal: attractive football, high quality and technical players, success and, unfortunately, long and serious injuries.
There’s an injury crisis seemingly every season, and at least one player goes from three weeks out to three months or longer. Even if the situation has improved in recent seasons, it’s one that Arsenal still can’t manage to shake.
Given the recent struggles of Santi Cazorla, it’s worth reflecting on some of the worst injuries Arsenal players have suffered, and remembering that as hard as it can be, there’s always a way back into top level football.
It wasn’t until November 2017 that we discovered the true extent of Cazorla’s injury. “He [the doctor] saw that I had a tremendous infection, that I had damaged part of the calcaneus bone and it had eaten the Achilles tendon,” Cazorla told Marca. “There was eight centimetres of it missing.”
An Achilles injury picked up against Ludogorets in October 2016 was initially meant to keep the Spaniard out for three weeks. Surgery ended up being required, but he was still expected to return during that season. He didn’t.
Weeks turned into months, and news of his struggles gradually emerged. Gangrene, nine surgeries, skin grafts, and the very real threat that he might never play again, Cazorla has had an exceptionally difficult year.
It’s really not fair that such a happy and wonderful player has to suffer in this way.