Cazorla will not put timescale on Arsenal comeback

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Despite seeing his 2016-17 campaign written off by another ankle operation, the Spain international is determined to honour his Gunners contract

Santi Cazorla admits he does not know when he will be back in action for Arsenal, but he is determined to honour the final year of his contract.

The Spain international saw a 12-month extension option taken up by the Gunners in January.

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Arsene Wenger activated that clause, despite seeing the 32-year-old stuck on the treatment table.

Cazorla has been sidelined since October 19 and underwent another operation on his troublesome ankle on Thursday.

He was forced under the knife again after opening up a scar during rehabilitation work.

Arsenal are now expected to be without his services for the remainder of the season, with no timescale put on his comeback.

Santi Cazorla

Cazorla told Onda Cero: "Everything was going well until I started to do some exercises on the bicycle and the stitches gave in.

"I had to have a minor operation to close the scar on Thursday afternoon.

"I had a graft done a month-and-a-half ago because the skin on my ankle was practically dead and that was the reason why the wound would not close when I first had my operation in Sweden.

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"We hope this is the last one and I can return as soon as possible."

While frustrated to be enduring further injury struggles, Cazorla is hoping to be in a position to play a leading role in Arsenal’s 2017-18 campaign.

He added: "I still have one year left on my contract and my only desire is to return to playing and to compete at the highest level.”

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