Arsenal Team News vs Manchester United: Lacazette out; Alexis available despite injury

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will miss out the crucial clash on Saturday as Arsenal host Manchester United at Emirates.

Arsenal host Manchester United on Saturday in what is sure to be a high-octane encounter. The Gunners have been in fine form in recent games but have been dealt a major blow, with Alexandre Lacazette out for the important clash that could define December and the entire season.

Arsene Wenger confirmed Lacazette’s absence in his pre-match conference stating that while the Frenchman is unavailable, he still does have the services of Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and others to choose from. The manager also confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will be available for the United game despite coming off early with a little hamstring problem.

“Everybody else looks to be OK, yes. Alexis had a little hamstring problem – that’s why I took him off but I think he will be alright. Look, we have offensive weapons, you know. We have Welbeck, we have Giroud, we have Wilshere who all came on. They are all offensive players. I will see what I do for Saturday but ideally you wanted him there.”

Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger also touched on the topic of Mesut Ozil’s links to Manchester United. The manager was coy on the prospect of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil leaving in January but did state that the German is unlikely to be affected by the rumours linking him to their opponents on Saturday.

“Look, that’s all speculation. You cannot interfere with that. There is only one way to show how much you are committed – your attitude on the pitch. When you see him play, one thing you cannot question is the way he wants to play for the team.”

Arsenal have looked menacing whenever the trio of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have played together and the striker’s absence could disrupt their form in front of goal. Danny Welbeck could be selected to lead Arsenal’s attack against his boyhood club and a club that is close to the Englishman’s heart.

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