The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to footage (tweeted by Charles Watts of football.london) of their Spanish midfielder, Santi Cazorla, out on The Emirates pitch before their huge Europa League clash against Atletico Madrid yesterday. The Spaniard has been out of action for over 18 months with plantar fasciitis and looked like his career would be over at times during his time on the sidelines.
It's only Santi bloody Cazorla out on the Emirates pitch!!!! pic.twitter.com/uZHdQiko5c
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) April 26, 2018
To say Cazorla is a well-loved figure to the Arsenal fans is an understatement. The little magician will be a welcome addition back to the squad when he returns from his horrible injury and he’ll be fighting to be fit in time to play under Arsene Wenger before the Frenchman walks away in the summer. The 33-year-old last played in October 2016 when the Gunners overcame Swansea 3-2 at The Emirates in the 2016/17 season.
Now though, Santi Cazorla will be returning to action in a very different Arsenal side. Since his last appearance, Alex Sanchez has left the club and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all been recruited to try and boost the club’s fortunes on the pitch. So far it’s not going well for the club though, as they’re languishing 6th in the Premier League and look destined to be knocked out of the Europa League in the last four after failing to capitalise against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid last night.
You can see the excited Arsenal fans’ reactions to seeing Cazorla at The Emirates here:
Is this today? Please tell me this is from today!
— Bootoomee (@Bootoomee) April 26, 2018
— Julio (@MeetosAFC) April 26, 2018
GIVE HIM A 10 YEAR CONTRACT
— Mark (@MarkGrant90) 26 April 2018
I feel like crying
— Private Developer (@princeofkatwe_) 26 April 2018
OMG MY HEARTTTTT
— P (@RedLacazette) 26 April 2018
He looks just fine. Way Better than iwobi @BeingHarnish
— Aj (@TheAjThakkar) April 26, 2018
— Lacameyang (@steek1ng) 26 April 2018
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Great to see him back running. He's wonderful.
— Ochuba Alphonsus (@ochubaalphonsus) April 26, 2018