Alexandre Lacazette a doubt for Lyon friendly after being stung 10 times by wasps


    Alexandre Lacazette suffered multiple wasp stings in Sint-Michielsgestel in the Netherlands
    Alexandre Lacazette suffered multiple wasp stings in Sint-Michielsgestel in the Netherlands (Picture: Getty)

    Former Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is a doubt for Lyon’s friendly with Feyenoord on Sunday after he suffered a bizarre injury.

    The 31-year-old suffered 10 wasp stings in the forest around Lyon’s hotel in Sint-Michielsgestel in the Netherlands, where the first team squad is based for their pre-season training camp.

    Lacazette is now reportedly being monitored ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Feyenoord and is unlikely to feature against Willem II tomorrow.

    The former France international rejoined his former club earlier this summer after five years in north London where he scored 71 goals in all competitions.

    Lacazette has effectively been replaced by Gabriel Jesus, who has inherited the No.9 shirt, following his £45 million arrival from Manchester City.

    The Brazil international has hit the ground running, scoring three goals in three appearances so far and appearing to have struck up an immediate understanding with strike partner Eddie Nketiah.

    ‘We want to build those relationships and they haven’t played a lot of minutes together yet, the same with Martin and Gabi, for example,’ said Mikel Arteta after Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Orlando City.

    Alexandre Lacazette left Arsenal earlier this summer and rejoined Lyon
    Alexandre Lacazette left Arsenal earlier this summer and rejoined Lyon (Picture: Getty)

    ‘We have to start to do that, we obviously do it in training, but to put it into practice in matches is important and you can see that they’re finding themselves with good timing and it’s important because they are two players with a big goal threat.’

    Jesus – a four-time Premier League winner – feels his role with the Gunners is very different and he is now seen as a key, senior player others look up to, which is something he is relishing.

    He explained: ‘I wanted a new challenge. I want to play every game, that’s why I came here. I compare this Arsenal team with the City team when I arrived there. There’s a lot of young players.

    ‘Everybody at the club has received me so well. I’m two or three years older than most players here but they look at me as a very experienced player. I like that. I like to be a role model for other players.

    ‘I’m a person that thinks a lot. I’ve been thinking about [leaving City] for one or two years. The best decision that I could have made is to be here at Arsenal.

    ‘I needed to play football with a smile on my face again. My mother watched our game [against Orlando City] and called me to say, “I can see you’re different, you’re playing happy!” I got emotional hearing that.’

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