Arsenal players are behind Wenger says Iwobi

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 has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 and has had eight operations on the troublesome issue with his Achilles.

Meanwhile, Wenger also said in his news conference that his Arsenal players will have "no fear" against Tottenham on Saturday and scoffed at the notion that they are underdogs in the North London derby.

"It started with a pain in the Achilles and it has gone from worse to worse".

The 32-year-old revealed earlier in November that he was told the injury might have left him unable to walk before travelling to his native Spain for further surgery.

"I'd have Aaron Ramsey in central midfield with Granit Xhaka, but my concern is that Wenger sticks with his principle of playing two holding midfielders, even though he doesn't have the right players to play in those positions".

"I saw him one month ago, he was here, and I told him to prepare as well as he can".

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That reply may have been tongue-in-cheek, but if you can imagine a minute what the response will be on justarsenal if we DID lose, there will probably be a lot of readers calling for Wenger's head and saying that the players really should be shot! He has competent medical people around him.

"I think if that was the only way to feel football games, you would say, 'If you don't win the game, you are killed after it".

Lacazette, who scored twice in France's 2-2 friendly draw with Germany, has completed 90 minutes only once since his close-season move from Lyon.

If Arsenal are serious about winning these big games, I would go with Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck and leave Ozil out and Sanchez out.

Cazorla has been posting regular updates on social media with him working out in the gym as he tries to complete his comeback.

'If I had him in my squad he would start literally every game.

"He is getting these comments, but I think he is dealing with it very well".

  • Tabitha Byrd