How Arsenal Will Cope with Santi Cazorla's Absence from Game to Game

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How Arsenal Will Cope with Santi Cazorla's Absence from Game to Game
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Amid all the excitement over Mesut Ozil's impressive debut at Sunderland, the bad news about Santi Cazorla's injury was slightly lost.

Arsene Wenger took the shine off Ozil's enthralling introduction by revealing after the match that it was only Cazorla's absence that afforded the German the opportunity to strut his stuff.

Prior to the game, Arsenal fans had presumably been salivating at the prospect of seeing Ozil and Cazorla in tandem. Now they will have to wait for more than a month to see that mouthwatering prospect become a reality, after Wenger told the BBC that Cazorla is unlikely to play before the next international break in mid-October.

Cazorla was voted Arsenal's Player of the Season in 2012/13. Prior to the arrival of Ozil, he was their undisputed primary playmaker. Over the next six slides, we examine how the Gunners can cope with the absence of the gifted Spaniard while he recovers from an ankle problem. 

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