After being sidelined for five months following a cruciate knee ligament injury, Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla, is set to make his return against Manchester City on Sunday – at least he hopes.
The Gunners have missed their midfield maestro while he’s been out and his return to the squad will be a huge boost for a team still fighting for third place in the Premiership.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s match against the Blues, as well as giving his verdict on where his club have gone wrong this season, the 31-year-old revealed that he’s glad to be back and is hopeful of getting a start against City.
“I’m very happy to be back,” the Spaniard, who played for an hour against Blackburn u21s earlier in the week, said.
“It is a great feeling after five months. I need to keep up the hard work with my team-mates in the first team and I want to play the last two games.
“I would like to help the first team at the weekend against Manchester City. [Arsene Wenger] has the decision, but I will try to play at the weekend.
“We need to win the last two games as we want to finish in the top four.
“We need to fight until the end to try to get second place. If we win the last two games, we can do that. I want to help my team-mates.”
Arsenal won the corresponding fixture earlier in the season 2-1 and, considering they’re three points ahead of City with two fixtures each to play, a win could seal third spot and allow them to automatically progress to the group stages of the Champions League next season.
If City, on the other hand, win on their turf, this puts them above Arsenal on goal difference and will mean that third place will be decided on the final day of the season. Something the Gunners will not want to happen again.by