Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gives Alexandre Lacazette injury update after limping off during Fulham draw

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gives Alexandre Lacazette injury update
The in-form frontman headed straight down the tunnel for treatment (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette was forced off in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Fulham with a hamstring injury but has defended his decision to start the striker.

The Frenchman had netted five goals in his last five appearances in all competitions going into Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates and donned the armband in the absence of usual skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been recovering from malaria.

Arsenal bossed proceedings against Fulham, dominating possession and having 18 shots compared to the visitors’ five – with their only shot on target in the entire match coming in the 59th minute when Josh Maja netted from the spot.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gives Alexandre Lacazette injury update
Lacazette headed straight down the tunnel after picking up his injury (Picture: Getty)

Ten minutes after Fulham took the lead, Arsenal suffered another blow when Lacazette pulled up and hit the deck clutching his hamstring, going straight down the tunnel for treatment after being subbed off.

Substitute Eddie Nketiah replaced Lacazette and grabbed a controversial stoppage-time equaliser, but the French striker’s absence will be a huge blow for Arsenal as they prepare for their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.

Asked about the severity of Lacazette’s injury, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘Yeah we don’t know. He felt his hamstring, so we don’t know how bad it is.’

Probed further in his post-match press conference, he added: ‘We will have to see, he will have the scan probably on Tuesday and see the extent of the injury and the timeline for it.

‘I cannot tell you if it is going to be a week, two weeks, five weeks or six weeks. He felt something in his hamstring and we do not know the extent of it and we are all disappointed because we know the moment Laca was in.’

Questioned on whether, in hindsight, Lacazette should have been rested against Fulham, Arteta continued: ‘Yeah afterwards you can think about, but then we should have rotated as well Rob [Holding], we should have rotated Granit [Xhaka], we should have rotated Bukayo [Saka], Emile [Smith Rowe], a lot of players. You cannot change 10 players every game.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta gives Alexandre Lacazette injury update
Lacazette is now a doubt for next week’s massive clash with Villarreal (Picture: Getty)

‘But that’s what happens with the schedule that we have. That’s why we have to rotate players. We had players who didn’t recover from the game on Thursday.

‘So we have to rotate the squad and it is what it is. But you cannot change 10 players every single game. And that’s the risk every time you repeat a player in the conditions they are playing at.’

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