Europa League: Arsenal receives boost as Lacazette returns 

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Lacazette back in Arsenal squad

Arsenal has received a boost in their team as Alexandre Lacazette cleared to return against Rennes in their Europa League tie.

Lacazette was punished by UEFA after being shown a straight red card in the February 14 last-32 first leg loss away against BATE Borisov.

Lacazette was sent off for swinging an elbow in frustration towards Aleksandar Filipovic with five minutes remaining.

Governing body UEFA confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Arsenal‘s appeal ‘has partially been upheld’, with a reduced two-match European sanction now deemed to have been served.

”Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 21 February 2019 is amended as follows: to suspend the Arsenal FC player Alexandre Lacazette for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible for serious rough play.

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”Lacazette had already been forced to sit out the second leg of the tie against BATE Borisov at the Emirates Stadium as well as the opening match of the last 16 fixture against Rennes, UEFA said.

Emery’s men suffered a 3-1 away defeat in the first leg and face a battle to overturn the deficit in their bid to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

However, Gunners will be without defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos through suspension following his dismissal for two cautions at Roazhon Park.

 

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