Alexandre Lacazette out for up to six weeks

Alexandre Lacazette could be out for up to six weeks through injury


Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out for up to six weeks after having knee surgery on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old came off the bench and missed a couple of chances as the Gunners were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham in Saturday’s north London derby.

Lacazette had the operation on Tuesday, which Arsenal described as “a success”.

“He will now undergo a period of rehabilitation,” Arsenal added in a statement. “It is envisaged he will return within four to six weeks.”

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It leaves the Gunners with Danny Welbeck as the only recognised senior striker for Thursday’s Europa League last-32 tie with Ostersunds FK.

New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not eligible to play in the competition while Frenchman Olivier Giroud have joined rivals Chelsea.

Lacazette came into prominence as a member of the academy at Lyon, where he made his professional debut aged 19.

He helped the club win the Coupe de France and Trophée des Champions in 2012, and was named the Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 2014–15.

During his time in France, Lacazette cultivated a reputation as a prolific goalscorer and poacher, recording multiple twenty-goal seasons, which earned him a move to Arsenal in a club-record £46.5 million (€53 million) deal in 2017.

Ever since debuting for the national side, Lacazette has represented France across all youth levels.

He was a key player in France’s victory in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where he scored the match-winning goal in the final against Spain.

He then made his senior international debut in June 2013, scoring his first goal in a competitive match just over two years later in March 2015.

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