Arsene Wenger has explained his decision to include one of his forgotten members of the first team squad on the list of players who may be used in the rest of the Europa League campaign.

As usual, the Gunners have been troubled by injury problems this season as they look to avoid finishing the campaign without silverware.

One player who has remained on the sidelines for the entirety of this term is Santi Cazorla, an integral member of the team not too long ago.

The Spaniard last featured for Arsenal in the Champions League clash against Ludogorets back in October 2016.

And despite undergoing yet another surgery recently, Cazorla has been named on the list of players whom Wenger could use in the rest of the Europa League campaign.

The Arsenal manager’s decision to include the forgotten midfielder in the squad has baffled some who believe the former Malaga’s star is unlikely to be back in action this season.

And when asked to explain that move, Wenger remained optimistic about the potential return of Cazorla.

“I hope not,” the Gunners boss responded when asked whether the midfielder had played his last game for the club.

“He’s on the UEFA List. I don’t know how far he is since his last operation, but I put him there because we had room, I want him there and I want to give him strength as well to fight to come back.”

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