Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out of the Manchester United game on Saturday with a groin injury.

The French striker picked up the injury during the first half of Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield, reports the Evening Standard.

Having scored the opening goal just a minute-and-a-half into the game, he slowed down as the half went on and seemed reluctant to sprint. He was then subbed off at half-time for Olivier Giroud.

Speaking after the game, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Lacazette had picked up an injury and would not be available for Saturday’s game against Manchester United.

“Lacazette has a groin problem and will certainly be out for Saturday’s game,” he told

The extent of the injury has yet to be confirmed. However, with several games to come during a busy winter period, even three weeks out could see Lacazette miss a lot of action.

It’s a blow that Arsenal didn’t need as they were coming into some good form. A silver lining is that Olivier Giroud scored twice when he came on against Huddersfield.

Danny Welbeck has also returned from injury and could be in-line to start on Saturday against his former club.

Arsenal also have the option of playing Alexis Sanchez down the middle, and could include one of Alex Iwobi or Jack Wilshere on the left flank. Lacazette’s injury is bad news, but we do have options.