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Santi Cazorla might have ‘forgotten how to play football’ by the time he returns from injury

The Arsenal maestro has been out for so long that he admits he might have even forgotten how to play when he returns

Oh Santi Cazorla.

The poor guy has been plagued by an injury list so long that you would have been forgiven for forgetting Arsenal had one of the best creative midfielders sitting on the sidelines.

At his peak the deep-lying playmaker could unlock any defence with a swish of either his right or left foot.

He was that good and we’ve all forgotten about him.

He never quite looked the right shape for a footballer

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He never quite looked the right shape for a footballer

These latest quotes are guaranteed to see you welling up with emotion as Cazorla tells all about his torment as he tries to recover his fitness from an injury that has initially saw sidelined in October 2016.

The 33-year-old is recovering from his 10th bout of surgery on an ankle injury and he has revealed some heartbreaking moments in the rehabilitation process.

Last year the midfield magician was told that he might even have to have his foot amputated and has said he had considered quitting football altogether as he underwent operation after operation.

Maybe there is still time for this to come into fashion?

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Maybe there is still time for this to come into fashion?

But most depressingly the double European Championship winner said he might not even know how to play football when he finally gets back onto the pitch as it’s been so long.

“I don’t whether I’ll have forgotten how to play,” Cazorla said.

“I was told various times that it was not worth me bothering to continue. But I am going to try to give it another go.

“If things turn out well then I will probably be able to play at the top level in the coming season. I’m going to be able to make it.”

The last time we saw Cazorla grace the pitch

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The last time we saw Cazorla grace the pitch

There it is, the silver lining. 

Cazorla could be back at the Emirates next season and we are sure Arsenal fans would love to see him back in that midfield pulling all the strings.

Especially after they have had to bare watching Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny ping the ball out of play for a while.

Even at 34 Cazorla can do a job.

Injury free he’d be considered the Spanish Pirlo. Fact.