Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Wenger Gives His Thoughts On The Lacazette Injury

Wenger Gives His Thoughts On The Lacazette Injury

Arsenal have one foot in the last 16 of the Europa League after winning 3-0 away to Ostersunds FK on Thursday evening.

Arsenal striker, Alexandre Lacazette, is set to be out for between four and six weeks after having knee surgery, the club revealed on Tuesday.

In a game that would seal Arsenal's fate as the worst of the top six, a Harry Kane goal saw off Arsene Wenger's side in what was an edgy affair in the end.

Ozil then wasted little time completing the scoring after the break - the Germany playmaker receiving a one-two from Mkhitaryan before squeezing his low shot past Keita from inside the box in the 58th minute.

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They are fresh from a 2-0 victory against Fiorentina and have let in just a goal in their last 16 games across all competitions. Toby Alderweireld only returned from a hamstring injury last week when he played against Newport County in the FA Cup.

"Maybe we didn't push enough in the second half but overall it was job done in a serous game". Any slight advantage we hope we can use, but we have to play well, we can't rely on external factors.

More surprising than Mkhitaryan being named in Arsenal's Europa League squad list was the inclusion of injury-plagued playmaker Santi Cazorla. But it felt like more than just a casual rotation as Xhaka's performances have been increasingly questioned in recent games.

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While the conditions are likely to be less than ideal, a two-legged tie against Ostersunds should be straightforward enough for Arsenal to negotiate - with or without Lacazette. The former York City and Birmingham player was coaching at Leeds Metropolitan University and living a happy, comfortable life when the call came from Ostersunds chairman Daniel Kindberg.

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He popped up with a couple of key interceptions near the Arsenal area in the second half and, more notably, he showed he can close down a ball carrier much quicker than the lumbering Switzerland worldwide. They did well to qualify from their group alongside Athletic Bilbao.

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The hosts soon started finding their pace after striker's Saman Ghoddos effort was saved by David Ospina. However, he tested the goalkeeper properly minutes later with a stinging volley that was tipped over the bar.

Arsenal are in that competition this term and could repeat the feat achieved by United, with their round-of-32 tie against Ostersunds next up.

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Mauricio Pochettino believes taking positive results from a string of such high-profile matches can only be good for his players' confidence as they look to secure a top-four finish of their own.

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