Arsenal blow: Lacazette ruled out for up to 6 weeks following surgery

By on February 13, 2018

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Arsenal have been dealt a major injury blow after confirming that Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out for up to 6 weeks following knee surgery.

Lacazette enjoyed an encouraging start to life in north London after joining the club from Lyon last summer with the Frenchman netting 8 goals in his first 15 Premier League games.

However, the striker then hit a dry spell after scoring just 1 in his last 12 games and Lacazette recently lost his first team place after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was signed from Borussia Dortmund last month.

The 26-year-old’s confidence hit an all-time low after he was heavily criticised following his last minute miss during our 1-0 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.

It looks like Lacazette is now going to have plenty of time to get his head straight as the club have released a statement on Arsenal.com confirming he’s undergone minor surgery on his left knee this morning.

The operation was deemed a success but Lacazette is now facing between 4-6 weeks on the sidelines. The statement read:

Striker Alex 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.

This news is a huge blow as Lacazette was due to start up front in our Europa League double-header against Ostersunds as Aubameyang is ineligible.

His absence means Danny Welbeck will be our only senior striking option for the next two stages of the Europa League while he’ll also have to act as Aubameyang’s back-up in the league.

It’s a big set-back for Lacazette as I’m sure he’ll have wanted to get back on the pitch as soon as possible to put that miss against Spurs behind him. Let’s pray for a speedy recovery.