Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla desperate to return against Manchester City after five-month lay-off

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is desperate to play against Manchester City this weekend.

The Spaniard has been out for five months with a knee injury, but he came through 60 minutes for the Gunners’ under-21s on Wednesday against Blackburn Rovers.

And, having got a taste for being back on the pitch, the 31-year-old is determined to take part in Arsenal’s crucial trip to Manchester City on Sunday.

“I’m very happy to be back,” Cazorla, who was on the bench for last week’s win over Norwich, told Arsenal Player.

“It is a great feeling after five months. I need to keep up the hard work with my team-mates in the first team and I want to play the last two games.

“I would like to help the first team at the weekend against Manchester City. [Arsene Wenger] has the decision, but I will try to play at the weekend.

“We need to win the last two games as we want to finish in the top four. We need to fight until the end to try to get second place.

“If we win the last two games, we can do that. I want to help my team-mates.”

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