Sport Wenger suggests injury was behind Lacazette struggles

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

Wright: Wenger has destroyed star man's confidence

  Wright: Wenger has destroyed star man's confidence Arsenal legend Ian Wright has accused Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger of destroying summer signing Alexandre Lacazette’s confidence, according to the Mirror. The Frenchman moved to the Gunners in the summer for £46.5 million but after a fine start, he has struggled to keep the goals flowing. His form has dipped so much that he has netted just one goal in his last 12 matches and the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in the January window for a club-record fee only spells more trouble for Lacazette. The striker has also been frustrated, as he has been subbed off in 15 of his 22 starts this season. Lacazette, who netted in his first Arsenal game against Leicester, was limited to no action in the win over Everton which has proven to be a cause for concern for the Frenchman, as he frets over his game-time. The former Arsenal striker Wright has spoken about the situation that Lacazette has found himself in a recent interview. “He [Lacazette] has played well in games, he has scored goals, but he has been taken off. Wenger has destroyed Lacazette’s confidence.

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.

Petit thinks Lacazette's Arsenal career is as good as over

  Petit thinks Lacazette's Arsenal career is as good as over Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes that Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal career is as good as over. The French striker joined Arsenal from Olympique Lyonnais in the summer for a deal worth around £52million as one of the most coveted strikers in Europe. However since signing for the Gunners, Lacazette has struggled for consistent form, with it proving difficult to regularly score goals in the Premier League. With Arsenal now having splashed out once again on a striker, this time with the £56million signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, Lacazette’s long-term future with the club looks uncertain. According to Petit, the 26-year old striker is on borrowed time in North London, with the former Ligue 1 star claiming Arsene Wenger has already lost faith in the forward. Petit said; “Lacazette is under massive pressure. He needs to improve or face the exit this summer.” “Aubameyang’s signing tells me it might already be too late. Arsene Wenger’s belief in Lacazette has gone.” Lacazette has only managed nine goals in 28 games for the Gunners this season, with most of those occurring in the first part of the season. In his last 12 games, Lacazette has only managed a single goal. With Aubameyang having started and scored against Everton, the Gabon international is expected to keep his place ahead of the North London derby on Saturday.

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 wants to keep Welbeck .
Arsene Wenger insists he wants to keep Danny Welbeck at Arsenal despite admitting the striker lacks the goalscoring prowess of Harry Kane.  Welbeck has scored just 22 goals over the course of his four seasons at the Emirates and has struggled with injuries since joining the Gunners from Manchester United in 2014. © Provided by BSkyB Getty The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has limited Welbeck's first-team opportunities this season, but the 27-year-old is likely to feature against Ostersund in the Europa League on Thursday night.

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