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Arsene Wenger: This key player will miss the first three Premier League games of the season


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says attacking midfielder Santi Cazorla will miss the start of the Premier League as he continues his recovery from injury.

The Spaniard spent months on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury last season.

According to the Frenchman, he will be back at the end of the month hence missing games against Liverpool, Leicester City and Watford.

"It was an ideal game against a very determined Chivas," Wenger told reporters.

"Overall I think it was interesting for us because we needed to be patient as they started better than us. After 20 minutes we came into the game and we got a comfortable win in the end. It was very interesting to see some young players - we had a very young defence.

"Overall it was a positive experience for us.

"From your past wins you get confidence and credit but you have to be humble enough every time to think that you have to show again that you are a good team. That is what is at stake. It’s better to win than to lose but it’s only preparation at the moment.

"A positive preparation can create confidence but we know we have a tricky start.

"He [Santi Cazorla] is our technical security in midfield and we missed him for five or six months last season.

"At the moment he is not completely there on the fitness front. That’s why I took him off at half-time. He’s a bit behind the others physically but I think he will be alright, maybe not on August 15th, but at the end of August he should be alright."

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