Date: 4th December 2016 at 9:04pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Santi Cazorla’s future isn’t thrown into doubt following news of his three month spell on the sidelines through injury.

With the club confirming earlier in the week that Cazorla was set for surgery on his troublesome right ankle to hopefully correct the plantaris tendon problem completely, his surgery next week in Sweden will see him sidelined for the next three months at least.

With Cazorla out of contract come the summer, in Wenger’s final press interviews ahead of Saturday’s late kick off against West Ham, the players future obviously came up for discussion.

Speaking to the Official Site Wenger explained that his future wasn’t in doubt because the club do have an option on his contract anyway – presumably for 12 months.

Wenger didn’t want to say too much as he admitted he’s yet to speak to Santi about the option or in the alternative a new deal outright, but he would say.

‘Six months left. We have an option. We can take this option. I would like to speak about that with Santi Cazorla before I speak with the press. I haven’t spoken to him. The decision will be taken in January.’

Asked further about the option, Wenger said it was nothing to do with his fitness in terms of it being actioned, it was simply his decision alone to make come January.

‘No, no – my decision only.’

Adding.

‘Santi is an exceptional football player and it is just for him to be capable to play. The dressing room needs a balance between experience and youth-team players and you need to be guided as well by some experienced players as well when you go through difficult times. They help you always to keep your feet on the ground and keep focused.’

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