Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed why Alexandre Lacazette had to go under the knife following the Gunners 1-0 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday.
The French international striker had the chance to steal the game late on for Arsenal, but let two golden chances go begging, perhaps as a result of the knee injury.
Speaking to beIN Sports, the French born manager exclaimed that a shock swelling of the knee was the reason Lacazette needed the emergency surgery.
“Lacazette had knee surgery and he won’t be available for the Europa League game unfortunately.
“He got a surprising swell of the knee after the game against Tottenham and he needed surgery very quick. He’ll be out for the next four to five weeks.”
The news will not be well received by Arsenal fans, as the workload must now be shared by new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Welbeck.
The Frenchman will be missed as Welbeck has featured mostly from the bench this season, whilst Aubameyang is still a fresh face, learning the system and building chemistry with his team-mates.
This is a sentiment shared by Wenger, who understands the need to find a short-term sollution.
“It’s a massive blow for us and we have to find a solution and nobody could predict that. Football does unpredictable things and it’s always a good opportunity for someone to step in and do well.”
Arsenal’s first test without the French talisman is tomorrow evening, as they face Ostersund in the Europa League.
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