Early Recovery For Alexandre Lacazette Ahead Of Tonight Clash

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Arsenal are hopeful Alexandre Lacazette may be fit in time to feature in the next round of the Europa League.

There were fears that the Gunners striker could be out for up to six weeks with a knee problem that forced him to undergo surgery immediately after the north London derby defeat against Spurs.

The club revealed that Lacazette, who joined in the summer from Lyon, had ‘arthroscopy on his left knee’ in London on Tuesday, February 13 and that he would undergo a rehabilitation process.

Initially the France international was not expected back until April, but Arsenal now believe he could even return for the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie, which is due to take place during the week commencing Monday, March 12.

Lacazette’s recovery has surprised Arsene Wenger, who said on Thursday: “He is doing well, I think he will be ahead of the planned recovery.

“Four weeks, maybe three and a half. Overall his response is good.”

An early return for the France striker will come as a huge boost to Arsenal, given Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is ineligible to play in the Europa League.

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