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Arsene Wenger: 'Knee injury behind Alexandre Lacazette goal drought'

Wenger: 'Injury behind Lacazette goal drought'
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggests that a recurrent knee problem is the cause of striker Alexandre Lacazette's recent goal drought.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that a recurrent knee problem is the cause of striker Alexandre Lacazette's recent goal drought.

The French striker, who was ruled out for up to six weeks on Tuesday after undergoing surgery, scored his last goal for the Gunners in the club's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United in December.

Wenger claimed that the forward's knee, which swelled following Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, has been affecting the 26-year-old's performances for some time.

"He got a surprising swell of the knee after the game against Tottenham and he needed surgery very quick," the manager told beIN Sports. "It's a massive blow for us and we have to find a solution. Nobody could predict that.

"Football does unpredictable things and it's always a good opportunity for someone to step in and do well.

"I think he recently must have felt something in his knee. Maybe that's an explanation as to why he wasn't scoring as many goals as he's used to."

Lacazette was a substitute for the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, after being replaced in the starting lineup by January acquisition Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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A frustrated Alexandre Lacazette during the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on December 16, 2017
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