Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out of action with injury.
The French international became the Gunners record signing in the summer, joining for £52 million before that fee was eclipsed by the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
Many supporters, pundits and observers alike praised the deal and highlighted how Lacazette was the exact player Arsenal needed as they bid to regain their status as a top four club.
Unfortunately for both club and player, however, the former Lyon man has struggled for form during his debut season at the Emirates and has found the net just nine times in all competitions.
Aside from his lack of goals, Lacazette has seemingly struggled with the physicality of the Premier League and robust defenders have often gotten the better of him in the physical exchanges.
The arrival of Aubameyang has put a question mark over his position as a first-team regular, and in the previous two matches against Everton and Tottenham Hotspur he has been restricted to a place on the bench.
Arsenal supporters are seemingly more excited at the prospect of seeing Aubameyang link-up with another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Lacazette’s expense, and it appears boss Arsene Wenger is too.
Reacting on Twitter to the news of the 26-year-old’s injury, Gunners fans don’t feel his upcoming absence will be much of a concern especially as Danny Welbeck is an alternative option to bring off the bench.
Be on the bench anyway. Another bad signing from Wenger.
— Jim Johnston (@JimJohn51105860) February 13, 2018
Well, he didn’t achieve much for us against Tottenham!
— Richard Stephenson (@stephensonrich1) February 13, 2018
Big blow ? He can’t hit a barn door with a banjo
— Eggy (@TheBoiledEgg) February 13, 2018
have you watched him? More like a gentle waft
— John Rowley (@mrjohnrowley) February 13, 2018
Add that to the last 2 months he hasn’t played.
— Ian hopson (@HopsonIan) February 13, 2018
Would you call that a big blow…judging on recent form I doubt it’ll be noticed
— Ryan Mould (@rmould) February 13, 2018
I’d rather see Nketiah starting. He’s been incredible for the U-23s.
— Oscar (@oogway9) February 13, 2018
*fans of all teams other than arsenal are fuming
— Just call you Dave (@JustCalYouDave) February 13, 2018