Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette 'not himself' before surgery- Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger reveals striker concern ahead of Europa League tie

Arsenal's only realistic chance of qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League is to win this season's Europa League.

The Gunners are 33 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City in the Premier League and 13 behind rivals Tottenham.

"Basically we have everybody available, I think", he said.

"In the first year at Dortmund, when Lewandowski was there, he played on the left".

"Honestly, nobody knows really what's going on and it looks more to be diplomatic relations between England and Russian Federation at the moment are a bit complicated", Wenger said.

Arsenal, however, could still qualify for next season's edition of the elite tournament if they win the second-tier Europa League.

He added: "There is some extra pressure on us to do extremely well in this competition but that's part of being where we are". And the Gunners faithful took the opportunity to taunt their travelling foes during the closing stages, chanting "You're going down" at full volume.

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"We don't live in dreamland". It's the fact that we don't go for a lot in people's mind in the Premier League.

He stressed the importance of keeping a clean sheet in the first leg at the Emirates.

"That explained why scoring goals dried out".

Following the decision by some fans of the club to stay away from the Emirates Stadium due to the team's poor performance so far this season, Wenger expressed confidence that it would not affect his players come Thursday.

"They will be back on Thursday, don't worry", Wenger said. We played the final at Wembley and it was half full will Arsenal people and half full of City people, so I don't think Arsenal has a problem with its support.

Arsenal though invited ridicule by blaming low crowds for recent games against Watford and Stoke on Mother's Day and Easter respectively. Lacazette had already lost his starting spot to January signing Aubameyang, but Wenger said this performance showed they can work as a partnership. "I have not decided he will start but he is available and ready to start".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to comment on the mooted transfer of CSKA Moscow striker Aleksandar Golovin.

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