Alexandre Lacazette set for scan on Tuesday after limping off with hamstring injury during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Fulham – with striker facing anxious wait to see if he will be fit for Europa League semi-final against Villarreal
- The Arsenal striker was forced off with the injury in the 70th minute of the game
- Arsenal are still without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he contracted Malaria
- Defensive duo David Luiz and Kiran Tierney are also unavailable through injury
- Eddie Nketiah rescued a point for the Gunners with an injury time equaliser
Alex Lacazette is set for a scan on Tuesday to determine the severity of a hamstring injury that threatens to rule him out of the Europa League semi-final against Villarreal.
Arsenal were trailing to Fulham when Lacazette pulled up in pain, clutched the back of his left leg and hobbled down the tunnel in despair with his shirt pulled up over his face.
‘We will have to see,’ said boss Mikel Arteta. ‘He felt his hamstring. He will have a scan on Tuesday probably and we will see the extent of the injury and see the length of time he will be out. We can’t tell if he is going to be a week or five weeks.’
Alexandre Lacazette went off with a hamstring injury during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Fulham
Mikel Arteta could be without Lacazette for their Europa League semi-final against Villarreal
Arsenal are still without captain Pierre-Emierck Aubameyang who contracted malaria while on international duty for Gabon. Defenders David Luiz and Kieran Tierney are also injured.
They made changes after the win at Slavia Prague on Thursday but decided to continue with Lacazette up front because he was in such good form, with six goals in his previous six games.
‘When you rest them you’re asked why you rest them,’ said Arteta. ‘Laca felt good and still was injured.’
Lacazette was forced off in the 70th minute and it was his replacement Eddie Nketiah who summoned Arsenal’s equaliser in the sixth minute of stoppage time.
Eddie Nketiah celebrates after his injury time equaliser rescued a point against Fulham
‘Eddie always offers his best,’ said Arteta. ‘He scored a goal and is always a threat.’
Arsenal are languishing in ninth, still nine points from West Ham in fourth with only six games to play in the Premier League. They face Everton at home on Friday.
Fulham, who took the lead from a penalty, converted by Josh Maja in the 59th minute, disputed the late Nketiah equaliser, and claimed it should have been ruled out for offside.
‘We totally deserved to win the match,’ said Arteta. ‘With the chances we created and two goals disallowed. We conceded the one shot on target.’
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