Santi Cazorla has been left out of Arsenal’s Premier League squad list.

Arsenal have submitted their final 25-man Premier League squad list to the FA and Santi Cazorla is missing, meaning that he won’t be able to make an appearance in the league until January and suggesting that his recovery isn’t going quite as smoothly as we thought.

Back in July, the Spaniard shot down rumours that he was sidelined until April 2018 after another set-back but his omission from the Premier League squad suggests that he won’t be returning ‘soon’, as he previously insisted.

The midfield linchpin suffered an Achilles problem during Arsenal’s 6-0 Champions League win over Ludogorets in October 2016.

Complications arose, which forced the 32-year-old to undergo surgery in Sweden. The wound from said surgery then didn’t heal properly and there were yet more complications, leading to more procedures.

It’s therefore understandable that the little Spaniard is finding it so hard to recover and why it’s incredibly difficult to pin down a definitive return date – or even month.

With just one year left on his contract, it’ll be a pleasure just to see Santi play for Arsenal again.

Hopefully, he continues to recover and we see him soon.

Here are Arsenal’s final squad lists via the Premier League website:

25 Squad players (*=Home grown)

Akpom, Chuba*
Bellerin, Hector*
Cech, Petr
Chambers, Calum*
Coquelin, Francis*
Debuchy, Mathieu
Elneny, Mohamed Naser Elsayed
Giroud, Olivier
Holding, Robert Samuel*
Iliev, Deyan
Kolasinac, Sead
Koscielny, Laurent
Lacazette, Alexandre
Macey, Matthew Ryan Yes
Mertesacker, Per
Monreal, Ignacio
Mustafi, Shkodran
Ospina, David
Ozil, Mesut
Ramsey, Aaron James*
Sanchez, Alexis
Walcott, Theo James*
Welbeck, Daniel*
Wilshere, Jack Andrew*
Xhaka, Granit

Under-21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Amaechi, Xavier Casmier
Ballard, Daniel George
Balogun, Folarin Jerry
Barden, Daniel
Beckford, Jay Lloyd
Benson, Josh
Bielik, Krystian
Bola, Marc Joel
Bola, Tolaji
Bramall, Cohen
Burton, Robert
Clarke, Harrison Thomas
Crean, Alexander Felix
Daley-Campbell, Vontae
Dasilva, Pelenda Joshua Tunga
Dragomir, Vlad-Mihai
Eyoma, Aaron Jordan
Fortune, Yassin Enzo
Gilmour, Charlie Ian
Huddart, Ryan David
Iwobi, Alex
John-Jules, Tyreece Romayo
Johnson, Chiori
Keto, Hugo Oliver
Maitland-Niles, Ainsley
Mavididi, Stephy Alvaro
McEneff, Jordan John
McGuane, Marcus
McGuinness, Mark James
Medley, Zechariah Joshua Henry
Moore, Tafari Lalibela
Nelson, Reiss
Nketiah, Edward
Nwakali, Kelechi
Olayinka, Olujimi James Ayodele
Olowu, Joseph Olugbenga
Omole, Tobi
Osei-Tutu, Jordi
Pleguezuelo, Julio Jose
Reine-Adelaide, Jeff
Sheaf, Ben
Smith, Matthew Gerrard
Smith Rowe, Emile
Spencer-Adams, Bayli Alexander
Swanson, Zak
Thompson, Dominic
Tormey, Nathan Alexander
Virginia, Joao
Willock, Joseph George
Zelalem, Gedion