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Arsene Wenger pleased to have Alexandre Lacazette available for CSKA clash

Arsene Wenger pleased to have Alexandre Lacazette available for CSKA clash

He was presented with the chance to complete a hat-trick when Arsenal were awarded a penalty late on, but he generously gave it to Lacazette, who had come on as a substitute in the 61 minute.

"In the first year at Dortmund, when Lewandowski was there, he played on the left".

Many fans have been calling for Wenger to play both strikers up front with Mesut Ozil playing behind in the No.10 role but it looks like the boss has different ideas.

Charlie Nicholas has urged Arsene Wenger to use Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the same side from now until the end of the season.

"I'm always concerned when our stadium is not completely full", the Frenchman told reporters on Wednesday.

However, during the Gunners 3-0 home victory over Stoke last weekend, Aubameyang generously gave handed over penalty taking duties to his fellow striker, despite the Gabon worldwide being on a hat-trick. "And after, when Lewandowski moved to Bayern Munich, he played centrally". The Gabon global didn't argue and Lacazette calmly sent Jack Butland the wrong way for his first goal since January 20 - and only his second since December 2.

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When asked if he was surprised by it, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger replied, "No, because I know they have a good understanding".

"I think you make more of it than it is", Wenger said.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE wasn't given the warmest welcome back on his return from injury against Stoke.

Arsenal will return to Europa League action on Thursday night when they take on CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash at The Emirates. I think it's great. "It's explainable by the fact that it's Easter, it's a family happening when people go away".

"Overall in the Premier League in the last two, three weeks we faced that problem".

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.


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