Arsenal's Spanish star Santi Cazorla says he is desperate to be back involved with the first team

Santi Cazorla was one of Arsenal's most consistent performers before his injury in November.

Arsenal's diminutive midfielder Santi Cazorla has spoken to the club's official website about his desire to get back to playing.

The 31-year-old Spaniard has not featured for the Gunners since he suffered a knee injury in their 1-1 draw at Norwich City in November, and told how he misses the daily routine of football:

“I hate not playing. I need the daily routine of football so when I can't do that I don't enjoy it. I'm happy to be nearing a return to the team. Obviously it's been difficult for me to be out for a long period of time."

Arsenal have desperately missed Cazorla and his ability to receive the ball in tight areas. His absence in the first team has coincided with the North London's outfit's collapse in the Premier league, and he explained his desperation to get back and help out his team:

“I still have a little way to go until I'm back to my best and can play with the team. I'm training with them now so I can return as soon as possible."

There has been a toxic atmosphere circulating amongst the Arsenal fans in recent weeks, and manager Arsène Wenger will be hoping that Cazorla returns sooner rather than later to assist in their push for a top four finish.

Arsenal host West Bromwich Albion tonight at The Emirates in a game that the Gunners must win to solidify their Champions League hopes for next season.


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