Arsene Wenger says he believes the goal drought endured by Alexandre Lacazette before he had surgery on his knee was because the French international was hampered by the problem that required him to have the operation in mid-February.
The 26 year old scored just one goal in thirteen games before his lay-off, and while he insisted he was feeling fine, the Arsenal manager is convinced it played a part.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow, Wenger said, “I realise now, when I see him in training, that he was not himself for a while.
“That explained why scoring goals dried out. He was always adamant, ‘I am okay, I am okay’, but players are like that.
“It was not dramatically different before, he was a good player. But I think, in the last seven or eight games he played, he was not completely free with his knee.
“In our job you need your body and unfortunately, when you are not 100 per cent, you cannot play well.”
His return adds some variety to our attack for tonight’s match, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied, it’s an alternative option to Danny Welbeck who scored twice against AC Milan in our last European game.
“It is good to have him back, because it give us different opportunities,” said Wenger.
“Danny is more a guy who goes behind, whereas Lacazette is more combination play, so to have both options is important.”