Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has expressed his frustration at the club’s injury crisis, after seeing both Yaya Sanogo and compatriot Mikel Arteta go down in the club’s 2-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.
10 first-team Gunners are now on the treatment table, with Jack Wilshere also confirmed as being out for three months following another ankle problem, while Arteta is expected to be sidelined for “quite a while”, according to manager Arsene Wenger.
Speaking after seeing his compatriot limp out of the Dortmund game, Cazorla believes the loss of their captain will be a big blow, and remains at a loss to explain the club’s bad fortune in the fitness department.
“Every day we have a new injury. It is really bad new for us,” he told IBTimes UK.
"He [Arteta] is the captain and is a crucial player for us. He was sad after the game. He is eager to play and unfortunately he will be out for a while.
"He has to do scans but he believes is a problem in the soleus [the main muscle of the calf]. He has been hampered by the same injury lately and probably he will be out for action for some weeks."
Arteta and Sanogo join an injury list which already includes Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby Serge Gnabry, David Ospina, Mesut Ozil, Wojciech Szczesny, Theo Walcott and Wilshere, with it unclear whether any will return for Saturday lunchtime’s trip to West Bromwich Albion.
"Nobody understands what is happening,” Cazorla added.
"It is a very strange case. Every year is the same and this prevents Arsenal to have all their potential. I don't know the solution but we hope to change the bad luck in the future."