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Arsenal's growing crisis as Cazorla ruled out for months

Jeremy Wilson

Published 03/12/2015 | 02:30

Arsenal's Santi Cazorla has been ruled out for 3 months with knee ligament damage
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla has been ruled out for 3 months with knee ligament damage

Arsenal's Premier League title hopes have been dealt a blow after it emerged that Santi Cazorla has joined their other central midfielder, Francis Coquelin, in being ruled out for three months with knee ligament damage.

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Cazorla played through the pain of the injury in the second half against Norwich City on Sunday and scans have revealed the extent of the injury.

Arsenal are expected to formally confirm the injury today, with Arsene Wenger now almost certain to be forced into the January transfer market in search of a central midfielder of comparable quality. Mikel Arteta is also out with a calf injury, leaving only Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey as the senior central midfielders in the squad.

Wenger believes that Calum Chambers can potentially offer a solution in that position and it now appears significant that he was asked to play in that role for the Under-21 team on Tuesday.

Arsenal face Sunderland at the Emirates on Saturday and travel to face Olympiakos in the Champions League next Wednesday.

Laurent Koscielny was also injured against Norwich on Sunday but has been back training with the squad while Kieran Gibbs is available again following his calf injury. Walcott has an outside hope of playing against Sunderland and should be back for the Olympiakos match.

The Daily Telegraph

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