Further worry with another key Arsenal player potentially missing two big games

Manager Mikel Arteta was unable to confirm when Alexandre Lacazette will make his return for Arsenal, with him having been absent from training since Friday after testing positive for Covid-19.

The striker has been key for our side since taking up the captain’s armband in December, although his most recent form has suffered a little, and our team lacked his influence in attack at the weekend, and we are now likely to be without him for more fixtures, with most players missing for around a week until they test as negative, while some do not return immediately as they need time to recover.

Mikel Arteta admits that at this point he has no idea when his captain will make a return to action, whilst admitting that Laca is suffering with some symptoms.

In his post match press conference, Arteta said (via the Standard): “It will depend whether he is negative and whether he is feeling better and his symptoms are gone, and he’s available to play.”

While some may have wanted Lacazette to be dropped for his form, he does plenty of work off the ball which I appreciate, and we definitely lacked that this weekend. Eddie Nketiah appeared to be tasked to play in a similar way, which doesn’t really suit his poaching game, but his efforts nearly did open up the chance for Gabriel Martinelli to tee up Bukayo Saka, only for goalkeeper Fraser Forster to make the save.

We can hope that Nketiah settles into his role in the coming week, as it looks like he will be called upon against Chelsea in midweek at the very least, and with any luck we want to see more of him if he can make an impression in the first of three big games coming up, with West Ham up next after we face Manchester United.

Will Arteta continue with Nketiah or could he look to tinker with the XI against the Blues?


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  1. When you’re 2 senior CFs are players that are out of contract (leaving for free once again )and have scored 4 goals between them all season you know you are in trouble .

    1. Arteta apparently doesn’t otherwise he would have done something about it.
      Like keep Aubameyang at the club and not allow Balogun to leave on loan..

  2. This is worth a laugh.
    I saw this headline on Newsnow Arsenal

    “What would it take for Arsenal to sack Mikel Arteta as Josh Kroenke targets Invincibles return?”

    You honestly can’t make this up..

  3. A worry? You are having a laugh surely!

    It would only be a “worry” if Laca plays. Not if he misses games. I pray he does miss all our future games, as he is a complete waste of non scoring space and not remotely match fit either, even after he is free of illness.

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