ARSENE Wenger has confirmed Santi Cazorla has undergone knee surgery and said the midfielder could be out for up to four months.
The 30-year-old Spain international was injured early in the second half of Arsenal’s recent draw at Norwich – but remained on the pitch for the rest of the game.
Wenger admitted afterwards that Cazorla had finished the match “on one leg” and said in his press conference ahead of Saturday’s victory over Sunderland that it was a possibility the former Malaga man would be out until March.
It was unclear at that point whether Cazorla would require an operation but, speaking after the 3-1 win over Sam Allardyce’s side, Wenger revealed the player had gone under the knife on Friday.
When asked if the club knew if the ligament had ruptured and if surgery was required the Frenchman replied: “We know now. It has happened already. It’s not the season. It is at least three months, maybe four.”