Arsene Wenger provides Alexandre Lacazette injury boost ahead of CSKA Moscow tie

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Arsene Wenger is seeing a sharper Alexandre Lacazette in training these days, and says it's clear the France striker "was not himself" in the weeks before his knee surgery.

And Lacazette came back from a long injury.

"We play against a team who has done well in Europe so we certainly need a top class performance", Wenger said in his press conference on Wednesday ahead of the game against the Russian side. I have not decided if he will start or not yet, but he's available and ready to start.

There was some sympathy when club officials cited snow as the reason behind a poor attendance for last month's league game against champions-elect Manchester City - who only days earlier had beaten the Gunners 3-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley.

Santi Cazorla is our only absentee tomorrow as the midfielder is still recovering from a serious Achilles injury while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ineligible to play in the Europa League.

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David Ospina has been the regular starter in goal in the Europa League, however there have been suggestions Wenger could turn to No.1 Cech in the latter stages of the tournament.

Arsenal though invited ridicule by blaming low crowds for recent games against Watford and Stoke on Mother's Day and Easter respectively. 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. The target for us is not to count the fans in the stands, the target for us to focus on our performance and win the games and accept the public judgment.

"Lacazette is ready to start, yes".

When asked if he was surprised by it, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger replied, "No, because I know they have a good understanding". But Wenger said he hopes that will not be any issue for the travelling supporters for either leg. It's the fact that we don't go for a lot in people's mind in the Premier League.

Arsenal were on the up and the loudest cheer of the game came when Lacazette, who hasn't featured since February 10, was brought on in place for Welbeck.

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