Mikel Arteta updates on Alexandre Lacazette injury after Arsenal’s draw with Manchester United

Alexandre Lacazette was forced off in Arsenal's draw with Manchester United
Alexandre Lacazette was forced off in Arsenal’s draw with Manchester United (Getty)

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Alexandre Lacazette was ‘feeling fine’ after he was forced off in Arsenal’s draw with Manchester United but admits it’s a ‘big worry’ if the striker is ruled out for a short period of time.

Arsenal and United played out a goalless stalemate at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening with both sides struggling to create many clear chances.

Lacazette, meanwhile, was forced off in injury time after he landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Harry Maguire.

The French striker received treatment on the pitch for a few minutes but was replaced by Eddie Nketiah.

Arsenal are next in action on Tuesday as they travel to Wolves but Arteta is unsure if Lacazette will be available.

‘He landed on his head, I don’t know, they will check him, the doctor is on it,’ Arteta told Stadium Astro.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Alex Lacazette of Arsenal challenged by Harry Maguire of Man United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Alexandre Lacazette landed awkwardly following a challenge from Harry Maguire (Getty)

‘He was feeling fine right now, so hopefully it’s nothing important.

‘It’s a big worry because we have so many players out at the moment and some players who are struggling to keep playing minutes.’

Arteta also admitted after the game that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence could continue next week after the striker missed Arsenal’s last three matches due to health issues with his mother.

Aubameyang returned to London on Wednesday evening after visiting his mother but the striker was ruled out of Arsenal’s clash with United.

‘We are following the rules and the protocols right now and the protocols say that he cannot be involved at the moment,’ said Arteta.

‘We have to respect that and the doctor is managing the situation.

‘It’s because he had a family issue that he had to attend to and these are the consequences of that.’

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