Here’s why Lacazette missed the Gunners’ trip to the Saints

Arsenal suffered a setback after Alexandre Lacazette tested positive for Covid-19.

The striker was absent from training this week and thus was left out of the squad for Saturday’s trip to Southampton, with Eddie Nketia selected to lead the line in his place.

Arsenal have already taken a hit from injuries to Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Thomas Partey.

Mikel Arteta’s men face Chelsea and Manchester United next week, and Lacazette appears to be in a race against time to appear in at least one of those matches.

Lacazette He has struggled for the level recently, but plays a vital role in Arsenal’s dressing room and was appointed captain after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Barcelona.

Nketiah was chosen to lead the streak against Southampton, but Mikel Arteta could use Emile Smith Rowe or Gabriel Martinelli as No9 if needed in the coming days.