Double injury blow for Arsenal ahead of Europa League games

Arsenal Wenger


Arsene Wenger has claimed the Gunners may be without both Petr Cech and Alexandre Lacazette for their Europa League tie this week.

He noted that Cech may see the tie come too early for him – and that Lacazette is still struggling for full fitness after so long out.

Of course, Cech isn’t the cup keeper for Arsenal, so it may well have been the case that number two David Ospina starts anyway.

“Lacazette’s still lacking a bit of competitive edge,” Wenger said.

“He’s been out for two months, he worked hard but he still lacks a fraction maybe.

“In training he looks sharp. How long can he last in the game? I don’t know. He certainly needs one or two more games.

“Will he start on Thursday? I don’t know, I will have to wait a little bit.

“Cech is better today, he will go out for a little session maybe now.

“I still think he will be short for Thursday.”

Petr Cech

Petr Cech during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 30, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Europa League

Wenger is well aware the Europa League is Arsenal’s biggest chance of success this season, and their only route to get back into the Champions League.

They’re heavy favourites for the tie and would look to be getting to the final – unless they draw Atletico Madrid in the next round should they navigate this one successfully.

However, as we’ve seen before in cup competitions, not everything goes to plan, and bad decisions from officials or a bad day for the players may well see Arsenal struggling, and Wenger will be very aware of that.