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Wenger disappointed with playmaker's injury progress

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Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger revealed that star midfielder Santi Cazorla's injury recovery is not progressing as he would have hoped and it could be a while before he returns to action.

Wenger shared, "At the moment, he is far [from returning]. It’s not going as quickly as I imagined it, so certainly in January he will not come back."

When quizzed if Cazorla might return in under 3 months, the Arsenal boss revealed, "It could be a bit longer. At the moment I don’t really know, but I just have a schedule that he is not planned at the moment to go outside and run. I think once a player goes outside and runs without any problems, you come six weeks. At the moment he has not been out so that’s why I say in January he will certainly not play."

Wenger also added that it was disappointing to miss a player of his quality for such a large part of the season, saying, "It is because he’s such a great player and as well because he has started the season in such a tremendous way. He was the dominating player in our squad at the start of the season and we suddenly lost him."

Arsenal though are yet to offer Cazorla a new contract despite his present deal expiring this summer and are believed to be eyeing Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic as a long term replacement.