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Mikel Arteta provides concerning Lacazette injury update, ahead of Everton & Villarreal
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has provided an update on Alexandre Lacazette’s wellbeing, after the hitman was forced off during the Gunners’ meeting with Fulham this afternoon.
Arteta and co. were of course back in action a short time ago, in a Premier League showdown with the Cottagers.
The derby clash, in truth, was of little importance to the hosts, who have long seen their hopes of European qualification via league finish go up in smoke.
In turn, it did not come as too much of a surprise to see Arsenal look a shell of the side who so ruthlessly downed Slavia Prague in the Europa League during the week.
Fulham opened the afternoon’s scoring just shy of the hour mark, when Josh Maja lashed a fine penalty into the roof of Maty Ryan’s net:
The chance is taken emphatically! What a moment in Fulham’s season that could be!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 18, 2021
Arsenal, though, after finally exploding into life over the ensuing half hour, eventually went on to break Cottagers hearts across the globe, when substitute Eddie Nketiah slotted home at the back post with essentially the last kick of the game.
Whilst a draw, considering the circumstances, no doubt initially felt like a positive result from an Arsenal perspective, once the dust has settled, the Gunners will simply be left to look back at a momentum-ending stalemate against a side destined for the Championship.
Two more dropped points, though, mark far from the only concern for Mikel Arteta and co. on Sunday evening.
This comes with the north Londoners having also been dealt a blow on the personnel front.
Twenty minutes from time, Alexandre Lacazette, who of course headed into today’s clash amid a fine recent spell of form, pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.
In turn, the Frenchman was quickly hauled off, to be replaced by goalscorer Nketiah.
Speaking during a post-match interview, Mikel Arteta was therefore inevitably asked for an update on Lacazette’s wellbeing.
Fellow Gunners hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also sidelined at present, after contracting malaria whilst on international duty.
Ahead of a tough couple of fixtures – first versus Everton, and then Villarreal – though, Arteta had little news regarding the extent of Lacazette’s injury, simply explaining:
“He felt his hamstring, we don’t know how bad it is.”
🗣 “He felt his hamstring, we don’t know how bad it is.”
Mikel Arteta says it’s too early to judge how bad Alexandre Lacazette’s injury will be pic.twitter.com/sA4199MpQU
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 18, 2021
The Arsenal boss has since suggested that the news on Laca is ‘not good’, with the attacker having ‘done his hamstring’:
💬 “He’s done his hamstring, it’s not good news.”
🗞 The latest on Laca’s injury 👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) April 18, 2021