As far as injuries are concerned, former Arsenal man Santi Cazorla has had it about as bad as anyone. The diminutive Spaniard was sidelined for a huge 636 dayswith a nasty heel injury that refused to heal and eventually became infected, leading to the loss of around eight centimetres of his Achilles tendon and the need for a skin graft.
Doctors believed the 33-year-old should count himself lucky if he was ever able to walk again; getting back on the pitch seemed impossible. However, against all odds the maestro returned to action with Villarreal after completing a free transfer from the Gunners in the summer and was back to his sparkling best against Almeria on Thursday night.
Nicking the ball away from a sliding opponent before cutting inside a second challenge on the left side of the box, the number 19 capitalised on the space afforded to him by the Almeria defence and curled an inch-perfect effort into the top right corner with his right foot to equalise in the 66th minute.
Arsenal fans were pleased to see that their former star has still got the skills that made him a firm fan favourite at the Emirates, as they reacted on Twitter.