Arsenal: Alexandre Lacazette surgery carries too many questions to answer

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal reacts following a missed chance during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal reacts following a missed chance during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /
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Arsenal have dropped and absolute bomb, revealing that Alexandre Lacazette is out for 6-8 weeks. The questions are piling up and the answers aren’t.

Arsenal fans were all pretty stoked to get into the Europa League because it would give Alexandre Lacazette a chance to find his footing again. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang swooping in, it was going to be hard for Lacazette to work back into a one-striker starting XI without a stage to prove himself.

It’s going to be even harder now, because Arsenal.com has dropped the news that Lacazette has had surgery on his knee and is out 6-8 weeks, leaving the Europa League club without a striker to rely on, unless you count Danny Welbeck, which I most certainly do not.

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Of course, this was bound to get the same reaction from most fans. They want to know how long this injury has been around. If, for instance, it has been a problem for awhile now, which it seems like it would have been, given his form, then why was Olivier Giroud sold?

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Acquiring Aubameyang was fantastic business, but him being cup-tied put all Europa League hopes (and, by extension, qualification in the Champions League hopes) at the feet of Lacazette and Giroud. I’d take that any day. Those are two French international strikers, they can win us the Europa League.

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But if there was knowledge that Lacazette had a knee problem, then why would Giroud have been sold? If there was no knowledge of this, then fine, I can’t hold that against the club. It’s just hard to imagine a scenario where Lacazette suddenly comes down with a somewhat serious injury when there was no reports of one if he wasn’t carrying it with him for some time.

And then the question arises of if Aubameyang was purchased because we knew of this injury and, perhaps, the club was “selling out” to make it into the top four while putting the Europa League qualification process in extreme risk.

There just aren’t a lot of answers right now and far too many questions. All of which will probably be asked of Arsene Wenger next time he takes to the microphone.

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Regardless of the answers though, this isn’t a positive situation to be in. I don’t need to state any more how little I trust Welbeck as a striker, but for good measure, I really do not trust Welbeck as a striker.