Alex Lacazette will be available for Thursday’s game against Rennes after UEFA reduced his suspension for the red card received in the first leg of our Europa League clash with BATE Borisov to two games.
We all thought the France international would receive a standard one-game ban for his elbow late in the game in Belarus only for the authorities to extend that to three.
Thankfully, we’ve won an appeal and Unai Emery can now pick the striker for a game in which we need to score at least two goals.
A statement from UEFA reads: “The appeal lodged by Arsenal FC has been partially upheld. To suspend the Arsenal FC player Alexandre Lacazette for two (2) Uefa competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible for serious rough play.
“Note: Lacazette has already served the two-match suspension following Arsenal FC’s Uefa Europa League matches – round of 32 second-leg match against BATE Borisov on February 21, and round of 16 first-leg match against Rennes on March 7.”