- Match Analysis
Arsenal Forward Alexandre Lacazette is back to full fitness after suffering a knee injury in the derby defeat against Tottenham, which kept him out for almost 2 months. He made his first appearance after the injury in a 3-0 victory against Stoke City. He played for 29 minutes and scored a goal through penalty.
The Frenchman has endured a relatively quiet first season in London, scoring just nine goals in 29 appearances before getting injured.
But Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger is pleased that he has returned and is expecting big things from the forward. The boss told Lacazette was hampered by injury prior to the operation and is pleased to have the Frenchman and Danny Welbeck available to face CSKA, live on Sky Sports.
“It is good to have him back, because it give us different opportunities,” said the Gunners boss.
“Danny is more a guy who goes behind, whereas Lacazette is more combination play, so to have both options is important.
“I realise now, when I see him (Lacazette) 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.