The Gunners ran riot on Bulgarian minnows FC Ludogorets in their Champions League Group stage encounter. However, the 6-0 victory could be marred by a possible injury to veteran midfielder Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal were at times, just showing off against their overwhelmed opponents in their Champions League clash on Wednesday. Alexis Sanchez opened proceedings with a lovely lobbed goal, followed by goals from Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Mesut Ozil then transformed the game from a good win to a thrashing with his first professional hat-trick.
Club manager Arsene Wenger however has suggested that there could be some injury worries revolving around midfielder Santi Cazorla. The Spaniard was substituted in the 57th minute and Wenger has revealed that he suffered a knock during the game.
“He got a kick on the back of his Achilles tendon and I took him off as quick as possible,” Wenger told reporters after the game, according to the Independent.
“In my view he was limping a little bit so I didn’t want to take a gamble.”
The Frenchman was also questioned about the substitution of Alexis Sanchez but, he stated that there were no injury concerns regarding the Chile forward.
31-year-old Cazorla remains a very important midfielder for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Despite the arrival of the likes of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka over the past year, the pairing of Cazorla and Francis Coquelin is still the first choice central midfield partnership.
The Spaniard has started all but one Premier League game for the Gunners this season, scoring two goals and registering two assists. He is integral to the team’s midfield and an injury would be something that Gooners should be very worried about.
Cazorla’s contract with Arsenal runs out at the end of the season, and the dynamic midfielder has attracted the interest of a number of top European clubs. Atletico Madrid and Juventus are among the big clubs chasing his signature.