Arsenal: Gunners hit by Cazorla lay-off

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla

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Arsenal will be without midfielder Santi Cazorla for Premier League and Champions League fixtures after being ruled out for up to a month due to an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old Spain international was missing at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as the Gunners picked up a third successive Premier League win and a fifth in all competitions thanks to a 3-1 triumph against Sunderland.

And boss Arsene Wenger revealed that Cazorla will be missing possibly until the next international break which begins after the Premier League trip to West Brom on Sunday October 6.

It means he will also miss Wednesday’s Champions League group opener against Marseille in France, league games against Stoke City at the Emirates, a trip to Swansea and the Champions League visit of Italian side Napoli on Tuesday October 1.

There is another game against West Brom at the Hawthorns in the Capital One Cup too but Cazorla would probably have been rested for that fixture anyway.
Wenger said: “Cazorla has an ankle problem and he will be out for a few weeks. I don’t think he will play before the next international break.”

Arsenal have other injury problems to contend with as striker Olivier Giroud limped off at Sunderland having earlier opened the scoring, while defender Per Mertesacker missed the trip to Wearside through illness and midfielder Tomas Rosicky was ruled out by a thigh injury picked up on international duty with the Czech Republic.

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