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Arsenal receive boost after striker Alexandre Lacazette makes good progress after knee surgery

PUBLISHED: 15:30 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:39 22 February 2018

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette and Swansea City's Mike van der Hoorn right) battle for the ball (pic Nick Potts/PA)

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette and Swansea City's Mike van der Hoorn right) battle for the ball (pic Nick Potts/PA)

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping striker Alexandre Lacazette could be fit to play in the next round of the Europa League, handing the Gunners a timely injury boost.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette looks dejected after seeing a late chance go wide at Wembley Stadium (pic Victoria Jones/PA) Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette looks dejected after seeing a late chance go wide at Wembley Stadium (pic Victoria Jones/PA)

Lacazette, who signed for the Gunners from Lyon in the summer for £52 million had ‘arthroscopy on his left knee’ in London and had to go through a rehabilitation process.

There were fears the French forward could miss six weeks with his knee issue which saw him undergo surgery straight after the 1-0 loss to Spurs at Wembley.

The 26-year-old was not expected to play first team football until April but Wenger thinks he may play in the second leg of the Europa League last 16 tie in mid-March.

Speaking ahead of hosting Ostersund at the Emirates Wenger said: “He is doing well, I think he will be ahead of the planned recovery.

“Four weeks, maybe three and a half. Overall his response is good.”

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