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.
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.
Photo: The skin graft from Santi Cazorla's arm with his daughter's name tattooed that was used for surgery on his Achilles. [@marca] #afc pic.twitter.com/kJpzBeg8n7
- afcstuff (@afcstuff) November 3, 2017
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.
Four photos that will put a smile on your face no matter who you support. [via @Stuart_PhotoAFC]
Santi Cazorla back running and kicking a ball at the Emirates.
Great to see! pic.twitter.com/JhB32zKk1Y
- FourFourTweet (@FourFourTweet) April 26, 2018
Santi Cazorla is back :flag_es::flag_es::flag_es:
:camera: - @Stuart_PhotoAFC pic.twitter.com/kAeoflWyp3
- 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 26, 2018
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A sight all Arsenal fans will be delighted with, Santi Cazorla training on the Emirates pitch again :raised_hands:
His last appearance for the club came in October 2016... pic.twitter.com/vpimbBLJtN
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 26, 2018
Santi Cazorla having special training on the Emirates turf tofay has made my day.
- Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) April 26, 2018
For the first time since October 2016, Santi Cazorla is out running on the Emirates pitch. Welcome back, @19SCazorla! [@charles_watts] #afc pic.twitter.com/e2BHklz0FM
- afcstuff (@afcstuff) April 26, 2018
A welcome sight for @Arsenal fans! :heart_eyes:
How much have they missed Santi Cazorla?#UEL pic.twitter.com/6lI0VQxosD
- UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 26, 2018
Santi Cazorla out kicking a ball at the Emirates. How special to see him back before long...:raised_hands::raised_hands::raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/bNIGBMixnW
- Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) April 26, 2018
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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