Arsene Wenger insists he was being truthful about Alexandre Lacazette’s fitness before the Manchester United game.
There was surprise all round when Alexandre Lacazette was named in the starting eleven for Arsenal’s game against Manchester United on Saturday.
The Frenchman had to be withdrawn at half-time in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield with a groin problem that Wenger initially thought would keep him out for a while.
The expectation was that he would, at the very least, miss the United game. However, the injury wasn’t as bad as first feared, and Lacazette was able to play.
There had been some accusations that Wenger has misled people about his fitness, but he claims otherwise.
Wenger on Lacazette injury/being passed fit: "I'm always [honest with the media]. He had a test on Friday morning and we were not sure. He tried and he could play. That's part of football."
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) December 6, 2017
Whatever Lacazette’s fitness at the moment, he will likely be rested for tonight’s game against BATE Borisov. The 26-year-old been left out of all of Arsenal’s cup games this season, as Wenger has used them as an opportunity to give Olivier Giroud more game time.
All being well, he’ll come back into the side for Sunday’s game against Southampton, and will be looking for a third goal in as many games.