In a shocking turn of events, Arsenal’s second most expensive signing ever has sustained a costly injury. Alexandre Lacazette’s luck has seemingly gone from bad to worse. After losing his place in the starting XI to club-record signing Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, the French striker has now suffered a major injury setback.
The club has confirmed that the 26-year-old will be out for between four and six weeks after he underwent an arthroscopy procedure on his left knee. An arthroscopy is a keyhole surgery that seeks to treat problems with joints.
Arsenal’s official statement stated: “Striker Alexandre Lacazette had an arthroscopy on his left knee in London on Tuesday morning. The minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation. It is envisaged that he will return to the squad within four to six weeks.”
At this present time, it’s unclear as to whether the injury occurred against Tottenham on Saturday or during training this week. Alternatively, this may have been why Arsène Wenger has been resting him, perhaps he knew his striker was carrying a niggling problem.
Alexandre Lacazette will now join Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla in the physio room for the foreseeable future. My worry is whether the Frenchman will be out for four to six weeks for real or four to six weeks that end up becoming eight to twelve weeks. It has happened before, many times and it could well happen again.
Not too long ago Ramsey was said to be having a minor injury but didn’t return to action until January 30 2018, more than six weeks later. I sincerely hope Lacazette doesn’t miss more than six weeks but knowing Arsenal it could well be much longer – same thing happened with Rosicky many times as well as Cazorla & Welbeck recently.
Over the weekend, Alexandre Lacazette showed no signs of a problem with his left knee as he came on as a substitute in the North London derby defeat. In that cameo, he missed two great goalscoring chances in the final 10 minutes that could have allowed the Gunners to salvage a point at Wembley.
Since then, the 26-year-old has received ample amounts of criticism for failing to convert those chances. However, Arsène Wenger has publicly come out to defend the French striker.
“For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer. He has gone through difficult periods before. He works hard in training, works on his finishing.”
The Frenchman could have silenced the doubters and made those misses a distant memory with a few goals against Swedish sideOstersund on Thursday. A few goals would have done his confidence a load of good as Lacazette has only scored 9 goals this season in 28 appearances.
Instead, Danny Welbeck will be Arsenal’s only available striker in the Europa League knockout stage. Danny Welbeck has scored 5 goals this season in 22 appearances. Therefore, Arsène Wenger will want to have this tie wrapped up before the second leg as they’ll be playing Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final a few days later.
Alexandre Lacazette will clearly be a huge miss, especially seeing as Arsenal sold their only other Europa League legible striker in January, Olivier Giroud. Whether this decision will come back to haunt Arsène Wenger or not, remains to be seen.