Sport Wenger suggests injury was behind Lacazette struggles

11:51  14 february  2018
11:51  14 february  2018 Source:   Goal.com

Aubameyang arrival hurt Lacazette's confidence – Wenger

  Aubameyang arrival hurt Lacazette's confidence – Wenger Despite becoming the Gunners' record signing during the summer, the former Lyon striker now finds himself down the pecking order in north LondonArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Alexandre Lacazette may have lost confidence after the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.

London, February 14: Arsene Wenger suggests Alexandre Lacazette 's recent struggles in front of goal for Arsenal could be explained by the knee injury which has seen him ruled out for at least a month.

Arsene Wenger suggests Alexandre Lacazette ’s recent struggles in front of goal for Arsenal could be explained by the knee injury which has seen him ruled out for at least a month.

lacazette-cropped: Arsenal striker Alex Lacazette © Provided by Goal Arsenal striker Alex Lacazette

Arsene Wenger suggests Alexandre Lacazette's recent struggles in front of goal for Arsenal could be explained by the knee injury which has seen him ruled out for at least a month.

Arsenal announced on Tuesday that Lacazette faces a spell on the sidelines after having a "minor" operation on his left knee.

The news came as something of a shock given Lacazette's 25-minute cameo in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, with the striker not appearing to be in any discomfort during the match.

Lacazette's condition even took Wenger by surprise and the manager considers it a "massive blow", though he did speculate the injury may go some way to explaining the striker's poor form.

Aubameyang arrival hurt Lacazette's confidence – Wenger

  Aubameyang arrival hurt Lacazette's confidence – Wenger The signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have hurt Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Alexandre Lacazette may have lost confidence after the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.

Injuries . Arsene Wenger thinks that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal has forced struggles on Alexandre Lacazette , but it began before that. Alexandre Lacazette is in a pickle at Arsenal, and, as I have suggested , I think he is in need of having a serious sit-down with himself to

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger explains the details behind Alexandre Lacazette 's injury that will keep him out of action for up to 6 weeks. But then, after the honeymoon period had worn away, Lacazette began to struggle and went 8 games without a goal before finally hitting the target in Arsenal’s 4-1

The former Lyon man has scored just two goals since the start of December and could potentially have to wait until April to return to action with Arsenal due to the international break at the end of March.

"He got a surprising swell of the knee after the game against Tottenham and needed surgery, very quick surgery, and he will be out for the next four or five weeks," Wenger told beIN SPORTS. "It's a massive blow for us, but we have to find a solution.

"Nobody could predict that, but football is as well to do with unpredicted things and it's always a good opportunity to find someone who steps in and does well.

"Lacazette is down, but I think he recently must've felt something in his knee, I don't know. Maybe as well that's an explanation why he was not scoring as many goals as he's used to."

However, Lacazette assured fans that the surgery was a success and that he will be back "stronger" than before.

He wrote on his official Instagram account: "Thank you everyone for your messages, I will be not on the pitch for few weeks because I feel pain on my knee. The surgery went well. A good recovery before I come back stronger."

Wenger frustrated by Aubameyang ruling .
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that he is frustrated by the rule that prohibits Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from playing for the club in the Europa League. Aubameyang is unable to represent Arsenal in Europe after his appearances for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League during the first-half of the campaign. However, Wenger has now claimed the rules to be archaic and needing to be changed. The loss of Aubameyang is a massive one for Arsenal, after the news that Alexandre Lacazette will now spend the next six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury. Speaking to The Guardian, Wenger said this: “I believe that all the clubs agree now this rule has to disappear in Europe. When you look at the transfer amounts you spend now, that you have to spend £50m, £60m, £70m in the middle of the season, that the players cannot play doesn’t make sense.” Danny Welbeck is set to line up for Arsenal in the centre forward position, as Arsenal look to take a strong lead into the second leg.

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