As far as injuries are concerned, former Arsenal man Santi Cazorla has had it about as bad as anyone. The diminutive Spaniard was sidelined for a huge 636 days with a nasty heel injury that refused to heal and eventually became infected, leading to the loss of around eight centimetres of his Achilles tendon and the need for a skin graft.
Doctors believed the 33-year-old should count himself lucky if he was ever able to walk again; getting back on the pitch seemed impossible. However, against all odds the maestro returned to action with Villarreal after completing a free transfer from the Gunners in the summer and was back to his sparkling best against Almeria on Thursday night.
Nicking the ball away from a sliding opponent before cutting inside a second challenge on the left side of the box, the number 19 capitalised on the space afforded to him by the Almeria defence and curled an inch-perfect effort into the top right corner with his right foot to equalise in the 66th minute.
Arsenal fans were pleased to see that their former star has still got the skills that made him a firm fan favourite at the Emirates, as they reacted on Twitter.
Warms my heart ❤️
— Yav Amiye (@Sun1886) November 2, 2018
Should’ve been Arsenal’s Pirlo-at-Juve, although I admit we could hardly have been more patient.
— Отман Таси (@bizmarock) 2 November 2018
Still got that left and right foot that is majestic. Miss the magician.
— YaGunnersYa11 (@yagunnersya711) 2 November 2018
I want him back ?
— SweetestBoy™ (@atl_dunni) 2 November 2018
He could still do a job for us!
— Lee T (@youmadbro84) 2 November 2018
If Santi Cazorla was still with us, we would probably smash Liverpool tomorrow :tired_face: https://t.co/UA665ES5bp
— Abdul Chandler Bing (@chandler_abdul) November 2, 2018
So pleased he made it back on the pitch and is doing well ❤️
— Darren (@DF_Arsenal) 2 November 2018
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