LONDON -- Arsene Wenger says midfielder Santi Cazorla is working toward coming back next season but admitted that the Spaniard's Arsenal career may be over.
Cazorla did a light training session on the Emirates pitch before Thursday's Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid as he continues his rehab from a troublesome Achilles injury that has kept him sidelined for more than 18 months.
The midfielder's Arsenal contract expires this summer, and with Wenger also stepping down it's likely that the club won't offer him a new deal.
Wenger, though, sounded upbeat about Cazorla's recovery.
"He feels well. But he needs full preparation in preseason now to try to come back," Wenger said. "Will he come back and where? I don't know. Will he stay at Arsenal? I don't know."
Cazorla was one of Arsenal's key players when fit but Wenger's successor may not be willing to hand a new deal to a 33-year-old who will have spent nearly two years out of the game by the time next season starts.