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SPIRITS LIFTED: Arsenal fans, the magician, Santi Cazorla is back!
By Robert Abong'o | Updated Feb 03, 2018 at 12:24 EAT
Santi Cazorla trains with Arsenal

Santi Cazorla is making a return to football after being sidelined for 16-months

He has been named in Arsenal's squad set to compete in the round of 32 of the Europa League

Arsenal FC fans are a happy lot after news that Spanish midfield maestro Santi Cazorla, has been named in the team’s Europa League squad.

Cazorla has not featured for the Gunners since October 2016, the historic 6-0 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League.

He even revealed that his foot needed amputation last year because of a recurrent infection after several surgeries failed to wield results.

Though Arsene Wenger has been quiet about when the midfielder will return, his name in Arsenal’s Europa League squad will lift the spirits of fans worldwide.

As required by UEFA, teams still participating in the knockout rounds of the Europa League have to submit updated squads.

Following the departure of Francis Coquelin to Valencia, Alexis Sanchez to Man United, Theo Walcott to Everton and Olivier Giroud to Chelsea, apparently there was space left for Cazorla’s name to be added to the list.

New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not play for Arsenal in the Europa League, as he already featured for Borrusia Dortmund in the same competition.

Also added to the updated list are Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Konstantinos Mavropanos. 

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