The Spanish playmaker has not featured for the Gunners since October 2016 after suffering complications following a routine ankle operation.
Cazorla has had to go under the knife countless times during his rehab but it now appears that he is approaching full fitness for the north London side.
It remains to be seen whether the 33-year-old has a long-term future at Arsenal or not, but the Spanish playmaker is certainly clearly feeling optimistic about his situation moving forwards.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper AS, Cazorla said: “I’ve still got some way to go.
“Because after being sidelined for 18 months, everything has to be done in its own time.
“But the sensations I have keep getting better and I’m feeling optimist about the future.
“The objective is to play some part with the team before the season ends, but we have to take things carefully.
“After being out for so long it will take a while to get back into form, it’s a real struggle, but when you have been out like I have, you also notice pains elsewhere – apart from what I’ve had with my tendon.”
Meanwhile, Cazorla’s Arsenal team-mates are currently preparing for their crunch Europa League showdown against Atletico Madrid on Thursday night in Spain.
The Gunners are aiming to reach the Europa League final and they played out a 1-1 draw with the La Liga side in the first leg at The Emirates last week.
Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday to leave their hopes of finishing in the top four in tatters.
It all means that Arsene Wenger’s men will have to win the Europa League this season if they want a spot in next term’s Champions League.
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