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Lacazette out of Everton

Arsenal have been given a blow in they’re attacking department ahead of Friday’s game against Everton as it has been confirmed that French strike Alexandre Lacazette did suffer a hamstring injury which will leave him out of the game.

Lacazette had been on a good run of form scoring against both Sheffield United and Slavia Prague in the 3-0 and 4-0 wins.

However, he was taken off in the second half as Arsenal dropped points against Fulham with Eddie Nketiah coming off the bench to score the equaliser in the final moments of the game.

Arsenal provided the following update on their website:

‘Left hamstring. Alex has sustained a strain to his left hamstring and will be unavailable for Friday’s match against Everton. He will continue to work with the medical team and will be assessed ahead of next week’s matches.’

VALENCIA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal (R) celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with teammate Alexandre Lacazette during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Arsenal at Estadio Mestalla on May 09, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

The option of replacing the Frenchman with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of the question also as the Gabonese forward continues to recover from malaria.

‘Auba continues to recover after contracting malaria on international duty. Auba will be unavailable for Friday’s match against Everton, but is hoping to resume light training by the end of this week.’

With him returning to training by the end of the week, it is possible that he could feature in some capacity next Thursday against Villarreal in the Europa League.

Positives for Tierney & Odegaard

There was however good news for Mikel Arteta and The Gunners as Martin Odegaard has now returned to training.

The Norwegian international suffered an injury to his right ankle whilst away with his national side and aggravated it in the matches played since the return of club football.

Arsenal’s update on their website said that he would be assessed ahead of Everton which suggests it may be unlikely he starts but could feature from the bench.

‘Right ankle. Martin is now back in light training and will be assessed ahead of the Everton match regarding his availability.’

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Arsenal unveil new loan signing Martin Odegaard at London Colney on January 27, 2021 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The biggest casualty of the season has arguably been that of Scottish International Kieran Tierney.

The left-back suffered a knee injury against Liverpool at home and seemingly saw it season come to an end.

However the update from the Arsenal medical staff says that he should be back into training within 2-3 weeks.

‘Left knee. Kieran sustained ligament damage to his left knee during the match against Liverpool on April 3. Kieran continues to make positive progress and is hoping to be back in training within two to three weeks.’

Whilst this most certainly means he will miss both of the semi-final legs against Villarreal, there is a slight chance, should Arsenal qualify, he could make the final in some capacity. Therefore also the European Championships with Scotland.

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