Watch: Santi Cazorla Takes Part In Training Ahead Of Arsenal Vs Atletico

Santi Cazorla took to the Emirates pitch for light training ahead of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final with Atletico, in news that has Gunners fans buzzing tonight.

Cazorla, who hasn't played a competitive game since October 2016, had to undergo several operations to fix the achilles tendon injury he sustained during Arsenal's 6-0 win over Ludogorets.

Image: PA
Image: PA

These operations meant that the 33-year-old lost eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle and doctors proceeded to tell the Spaniard that he is lucky to be able to walk in the garden with his son.

But the former Villarreal and Malaga man has made positive progress, with pictures and videos showing him running and working with the ball on the hallowed turf of the Emirates tonight.

Given it's been exactly 554 days since his last game, and there was a chance that Cazorla's career over, seeing him back on the pitch is an utterly brilliant sight.

His guile has been sorely missed in midfield for Arsenal - and Gooners will be hoping he is able to get some minutes before the season is done with.

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