Santi’s Ankle

We are all horrified by the extent of Santi’s injuries.

LB makes a good point that potential transfer targets will be impressed about how the club stand by their players following serious injury. One only has to look at Diaby to see how the club focus on their well-being. Wilshire and Ramsey (Arteta etc) have all benefitted from the Arsenal’s policy.


This must, of course, be tempered by the club recognising the value of the players concerned. Had  Diaby not been crocked by an ape he could have the new Zidane (why not?)

But my over-riding thought is this ….


It is being reported that during the recovery his ankle and bones became so badly infected that Santi was missing 8 cms of achilles tendon. What? I repeat –  WHAT?

This is a man who has a whole team of so-called medical experts looking after him. He is a massively valuable asset to Arsenal who take pride in giving an injured player the very best doctors in the world. How can they not notice someone has such a raging infection?

The mind boggles.

People should be sacked.

written by Big Raddy


31 Responses to Santi’s Ankle

  1. VP of Oz says:


    Colin Lewin
    Head of medical services
    A stalwart of the club for more than 20 years, Colin is now in his ninth season at the helm of the Gunners’ medical department.

    Having taken his current position upon the departure of his long-serving cousin Gary Lewin, who now carries out a similar role with England, Colin has played a huge part in the development of the medical department.

    Always keen to innovate, Colin has built consultation relationships with nutritionists and other sports medicine researchers as he strives to ensure that Arsène Wenger’s players enjoy the highest calibre of treatment, rehabilitation and conditioning. A chartered physiotherapist, he is a highly-popular figure with players and staff alike.

    Along with Dr O’Driscoll, Colin oversaw the creation and set-up of the brand new state-of-the-art medical centre at the training ground, completed in early 2011/12.

    Gary O Driscoll
    Club Doctor
    Gary is now in his eighth full season at the Emirates Stadium and has overseen major developments in the medical department since joining the Club.

    As a result of providing medical expertise for the first team and academy sides, spending six years with the Ireland Rugby Team and being the official doctor on two British Lions tours, he has accrued vast experience in top-level sport.

    A member of the Medical Organising Committee for 2012 London Olympics Gary is also a member of the RFU Disciplinary Panel.

  2. GunnerN5 says:

    I was totally shocked when I noticed that article 8cm is about 3.25 inches I can’t imagine him ever playing football again. Seems to me as though a law suit may not be far away.

  3. chas says:

    Poor Santi

  4. GunnerN5 says:

    Santi Cazorla was a hot topic on Friday after the midfielder gave an interview in Spain detailing his recovery from a long-term ankle injury.

    We asked Arsene Wenger for the latest news on his comeback, and this is what he told us:

    “I have been in touch with Santi throughout his rehab, and it has been extremely tough and testing for him,” the boss told Arsenal Player.

    “If there is one guy who loves football passionately, loves to be on the pitch, and comes in with a smile every day when he is fit, it’s Santi Cazorla, so you know he suffers a lot not to be out there with the ball at his feet.

    “He is extremely strong and brave, and behind his smile is a strength you would not guess. He is a very strong character, and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well and we hope to have him back soon.”


  5. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsene must have known all along how serious Santi’s injury became and yet he kept it quiet – I think that shows a lot of class on behalf of himself and the club.

  6. GunnerN5 says:

    Arsene Wenger must have known all along how serious Santi’s injury became but he kept it quiet – I think that shows a lot of class from both him and the club.

  7. GunnerN5 says:

    Geez the first comment never appeared so I wrote it again – Word Press strikes again.

  8. chas says:

  9. mickydidit89 says:

    Bloody hell, Erik

    First thing I saw was the word in caps…GANGRENE, and first thought was yesssss, he’s back with the explorers

    Crikey, horror show. Poor Santi. I agree, questions should be asked, and while we’re about it, perhaps someone could pen the medics a polite note, in case they missed it, pointing out there’s a slight bump on the Cazorla left knee. Possibly worth checking out.

  10. mickydidit89 says:

    Just switched on the W’ham Pool game, and saw a goal within 2 secs

    Feel sorry for Bilic. Watched him commentating during Euros, and liked the fella

  11. mickydidit89 says:

    Oh yuk

  12. Big Raddy says:

    5.59 I did exactly the same

  13. mickydidit89 says:

    Damn, missed 2 more

    Can’t stay much longer, people arriving. God knows who they are, but hopefully they’ll be conversationally fighty 🙂

  14. GunnerN5 says:

    Looks grim for West Ham and especially for Bilic.

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    The three promoted teams are currently in the top 10 – while West Ham and Everton are both in the relegation zone. Strange things happening this season.

    The most worrying thing is that Man C have been looking unbeatable.

  16. Rasp says:

    Apologies for my late arrival …. and thanks to Raddy. I am dumbstruck (about time I hear you all say 🙂 ) I can only think that Santi has been incredibly unlucky …. even the most incompetent medic would notice gangrene surely. I like the way Arsene describes him playing with a smile on his face …. I loved that about him too. Good luck to the little fella …. remembering the outrageous skills of his tiny son after the last game of the season 2 years ago, I reckon the name Cazorla will one day grace a football field in the future.

  17. LB says:

    Can you imagine what people would be saying about the medical team at Arsenal if Cazorla had had the operation in England?
    I am a massive spanglafile and have huge respect for their health service but heads should roll for the fact that that one slipped under the radar. Gangrene, ffs what are we in the 19th century?

  18. chas mobile says:

  19. Eddie says:

    Gangrene?? oh ffs, someone should be fired over this. Our most precious asset at the moment and they let him rot? I am with all those shocked

  20. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    6.17. One of TH14’s best.

    Excited about today. Kick off 15.15. Strange

  21. Eddie says:

    match of the day new pundit – Fat Sam. I can’t even understand what he is saying. Bilic made more sense after the game

  22. Eddie says:

    no Raddy, 14:15, we are kicking off in Mancunia not in Copen bloody hagen

    A Gunner friend of mine said last night the he hopes we lose 6 nil to force some action in January. I cannot wish for that, despite knowing that 1 or 2 nil will be sort of respectable loss and no changes will be made in Jan. But another thrashing is unconceivable

  23. LB says:

    Another thrashing is always conceivable, although I expect the boys to raise their game today.

  24. VP of Oz says:

    I’m quietly confident of a gunners win.
    I believe Man Shitty are a bit scarred from when we beat them at Wembley. They won’t be on their game whereas I think we will be

  25. mickydidit89 says:

    Ahoy shipmates

    For years we said that non CL teams had the advantage. Well, we will be fresh as daisies ehilr City played midweek, and I also think we will perform better versus a City away than say a Stoke home

    Mesut Sanchez and Laca give plenty of room for optimism

  26. Big Raddy says:

    Ahoy, my hearties

    I have run a New Post up the flagpole

  27. 1979Gunner says:

    Mother Nature dictates 😉

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