Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla are set to be back in full training next week following lengthy layoffs with injury, with both players targeting a return to action before the end of the season, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Spaniard hasn’t featured since November when he suffered a knee injury against Norwich, with setback after setback keeping him perennially sidelined. The Ox has been out since February with a knee injury of his own, a nasty collision with Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano ruling him out for months.
They’re still likely to be a week or two away from a return to action – especially Cazorla who hasn’t played a competitive game for five months – but it certainly looks like both players will be back before the end of the season.
“Next week they [Cazorla and the Ox] will be back maybe, they are not back in full training yet. They are still on fitness work,” Arsene Wenger said, via Arsenal.com.
Unfortunately, we’re getting players back a little too late. We’re already out of pretty much every competition, and it’s looking incredibly unlikely that we’ll be able to do anything in the Premier League other than keep top four.
Our poor form this season arguably coincided with the loss of Santi Cazorla, who few gave the credit he deserved for being such a key part of our midfield. We haven’t missed him quite as much since the forming of Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin’s partnership, but it will still be great to have the former Malaga man back in contention.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, has been linked with an Emirates exit this summer (via the Mirror). Many fans have grown tired with his lack of progression and his inconsistent performances, but he’s still got the potential to be one of the world’s best, so hopefully we keep hold of him.