Santi Cazorla's Arsenal career will always be remembered with a tinge of sadness.
Now 32-years-old and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, it remains to be seen if the Spanish international is ever seen in a Gunners' shirt again.
Such have been his injury problems that he has had to undergo eight operations in the last two years.
Arsene Wenger must lament how much Cazorla has missed out on, as one can only imagine how his side might have fared had he been able to play regularly.
In the 2012/2013 campaign, he was named their Player of the Season because of his ability to make the midfield tick and start an attack from the central midfield.
Since then, he's endured nothing short of a nightmare, as he's been explaining in an interview with Marca.
It's incredible that he is still targeting a return in January despite having previously being told by doctors he could lose his right foot with gangrene.
The infection around his Achilles was so bad he had to use skin grafts from his arm.
The gravity of his situation means it's unlikely he'll feature for his country again, but he has revealed that three of his former Spain team-mates, with whom he won two European Championships in 2008 and 2012, have been supporting him through his ordeal.
Cazorla has been supported
"Almost every day I receive a message from Iniesta, Silva, Villa," he told the Spanish publication.
Although none of those are Arsenal players, it seems the north Londoners have been doing their utmost too.
"They (Arsenal) were very good to me," he added.
"They renewed me before my operation, the manager talked to me and gave me peace of mind. It's been a difficult season, since I have not played since November."
It really would be something special to see Cazorla in action again, playing one of his killer passes.
Throughout his time at Arsenal, he hasn't been the only one whose career injuries have wreaked havoc with.
Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby, and Danny Welbeck have all seen their time at the Emirates uninterrupted, so Wenger has no shortage of experience dealing with players in that boat.
When fit, is Cazorla Arsenal's best midfielder? Have your say in the comments.
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