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Arsenal v Swansea: Cazorla may miss rest of the season

By Mark Bryans

Santi Cazorla faces being out for the rest of the season after Arsene Wenger revealed the Arsenal midfielder has suffered an Achilles problem.

The Spain international has been out since November with a knee injury but now has an issue with tendonitis which could yet rule him out for the remainder of the campaign.

The Gunners have struggled with Cazorla on the sidelines and, ahead of tonight's clash against Swansea, sit third after Sunday's 3-2 defeat at Manchester United.

It was initially hoped the 31-year-old would be back at some point in March but Wenger gave a fresh prognosis.

"Santi is not doing too well," he said. "He has some Achilles problems. His knee is doing well but his Achilles has inflamed."

Asked if he is now set to return in April, Wenger replied: "We have to see how he responds."

Fellow midfielder Jack Wilshere is still looking at a minimum of three weeks before making his own long-awaited return having not played this season due to a broken fibula.

Wenger has come in for criticism in recent days after the Old Trafford defeat saw Arsenal suffer a set-back in the race for their first league title in 12 years.

But the 66-year-old insists he has become immune.

"We live in a society where the excess is permanent but when the excess is permanent it becomes ineffective," he said.

"You become immune. You have to focus on what can influence your life. People are entitled to their opinion but what can influence my life and the life of the club is a good performance.

"Football is a pleasure. We should not forget that. Football is fantastic because it's unpredictable and not mathematical."

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