Santi Cazorla ankle injury the worst Arsene Wenger has ever seen

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has described Santi Cazorla’s ankle injury as the worst he has seen, but remains hopeful the Spanish midfielder will return to action in January.

Cazorla, 32, has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has undergone eight operations to address a longstanding Achilles problem.

He revealed earlier this month a gangrene infection had “eaten” eight centimetres of his Achilles tendon and said he had been told by doctors he should be “satisfied” just to be able to walk again.

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“It is the worst injury (I have known),” Wenger told his weekly press conference at Arsenal’s London Colney training centre on Thursday.