Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backs ability of much maligned forward Alexandre Lacazette

Report: Wenger's position under threat without UCL

Lacazette on sidelines

With new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup tied to Borussia Dortmund and Olivier Giroud sold to Chelsea in the January transfer window, the Gunners now have just Danny Welbeck at striker for their Europa League campaign.

Premier League legends Ian Wright and Rio Ferdinand have told Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal hierarchy that the club needs to buy "leaders" in order to be considered as real Premier League title contenders next season. Although Spurs did manage to come back strong in the second half against Liverpool, it was their first-half futility, which led to the Reds dominating most part of the game.

Wenger acknowledged that depressing fate is staring Arsenal in the face again following Kane's latest act of vengeance against the club that rejected him as a youngster.

"Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him".

The Gunners do no return to domestic league action until March 1, when they host runaway leaders Manchester City four days after the two sides meet in the League Cup final. "He will always think that some of the players are not worth the price that you put on a table". This Arsenal side is capable of playing some excellent football on their day, but equally the carelessness and lack of defensive awareness that has caused so many dropped points always seems to be close to the surface. Our record since I've been at Arsenal is one of the worst away from home. Do they start the game or not? In the Europa League, the Gunners won four, drew once and lost once, scoring 14 goals and conceding four times. They had registered two more wins (13 now, 15 then), one fewer draw (six now, five then) and one fewer defeat (eight now, seven then).

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