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Petr Cech indirectly blames Alexandre Lacazette for Tottenham Hotspur loss

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has indirectly put the blame on Alexandre Lacazette for the north London derby defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. The Gunners were second-best for most of the game, and they had two clear-cut chances at the end which could have changed the complexion of the match.

Speaking after the game, the 35-year-old was frustrated to have come up with nothing from the derby, and believes the club should have taken their opportunities towards the end of the clash, he said: "In this type of game you need to take your chances, and I know we had two at the end. But unfortunately we did not take them. As I said before the game, it was a game which had a huge importance."

Lacazette had dropped down the pecking order following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrival at the Emirates last month, and this seems to have hampered his performance as he failed to find the target with the opportunities at hand.
To make things worse, the former Lyon man suffered a swelling on his left knee shortly after the derby, and this has potentially ruled him out for six weeks with the Gunners confirming via their official website that the striker had undergone a minor surgery.

With the Spurs defeat, Arsenal find themselves eight points behind a potential top-four spot, and the failure to finish in the Champions League positions may not go well with the club's faithful, who had expected better results from the previous season.

Nevertheless, the club still have hopes of making the elite competition by lifting the Europa League crown this term, and they will be hoping to get the luck of the draw in the early knockout phase. Arsenal take on Swedish outfit Ostersund in the round of 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night.