Former players raise their concerns and forward looks to suffer injury set back

Afternoon Bulletin

Keown thinks Lacazette should be starting the big games

Arsenal legend Martin Keown cannot understand why record signing Alexandre Lacazette is not starting in big games. After his £52.7 million summer move to London you would expect him to start. At least that is Keown’s view:

“I don’t understand why Lacazette didn’t start. This was the second big game after the defeat at Liverpool that he has started on the bench. I don’t think he deserves that. Any doubts about Arsenal’s record signing were erased when he came on and scored.”

Lacazette has scored six goals already this season despite limited minutes. Given that he scored within ten minutes of his introduction, he may be in line to start the next big game.

Arsenal look to bring former player back

Arsenal are reportedly looking to bring Oguzhan Ozyakup back to the club, five years after selling him. The Turkish international left for Besiktas in a £400,000 deal but could now return for around £10m. The 25-year-old has made almost 200 appearances for the Turkish giants, scoring 27 and providing 44 assists over that time. Ozyakup could be in line to replace Mesut Ozil should the playmaker leave in the summer after impressing during Besiktas’ Champions League run this season.

Dixon slams Arsenal defence

Lee Dixon became the second former Arsenal player to air his views after the weekends’ defeat. Following Keown’s comments above, Dixon believes that Arsenal are ‘unfixable’ under Wenger. Mainly talking from a defensive point of view, he believes that the side are not set up properly when they are not in possession. Dixon said:

“I honestly think they’re unfixable by Arsene. What he’s got there, he’s created an environment that doesn’t really know what they’re doing without the ball. It’s quite simple. For me it’s simple when I watch them I think they can beat anybody on their day going forward. They can lose to anybody on their day defensively. That summed it up at the weekend against Man City.”

Giroud injury scare ahead of Spurs clash

Olivier Giroud was pictured holding his leg after going down during training for France. The international striker, who has three goals for Arsenal this season, appeared to be in some discomfort after the knock. It is too early to tell if he will be able to play in France’s friendlies or the North London derby when he returns. Arsenal are already missing Santi Cazorla and Rob Holding and could be missing Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck who are recovering from knocks.

Arsenal’s U18 snatch draw

Arsenal’s development side secured a late draw away at Aston Villa thanks to a Donyell Malen goal. After going behind in the first half the side battled back to equalise in stoppage time. The game finished in a 1-1 draw.