Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow after confirming key midfielder Santi Cazorla will undergo ankle surgery which will see him miss the majority of the club’s title tilt.

The Spaniard took a kick to his right ankle during the Champions League clash against Ludogorets on October 19, aggravating a existing Achilles problem in the process.

The Gunners have exhausted every avenue in trying to prevent the prospect of an operation but the decision has now been taken for Cazorla, who visited a Spanish specialist in an attempt to cure the problem, to go under the knife.

Cazorla’s absence comes a huge blow to manager Arsene Wenger, who views his passing as vital to his team’s transition from defence to attack.

Indeed, his team have won just twice in the Premier League since Cazorla sustained the injury.

Cazorla will travel to Sweden next week to undergo the procedure and the club hope he’ll miss no longer than three months.

‘The club’s medical team and specialists have decided that surgery is required to the plantaris tendon in the Spain international’s right foot,’ read a statement
The problem has not progressed during a rehabilitation programme following the injury during the home match with Ludogorets on October 19.

‘We expect Santi’s full recovery to take approximately three months.

‘Everyone at the club will be working hard with Santi to make sure he’s back on the pitch as soon as possible.’ Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka will now battle it out to become Arsenal’s central midfield playmaker in Cazorla’s absence.

Ramsey has not been in his best form lately. In the EFL cup game vs Southampton he was expected to boss things in his favorite position but he disapointed. Xhaka on the other hand has shown a range of abilities that have stood out in the few games he has played. It will be interesting to see how the manager handles this.

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