Arsenal will have to make do without Alexandre Lacazette for their last-16 tie against Rennes in the Europa League after UEFA handed him an additional two-match ban.
The French striker received a direct red card in Arsenal’s 1-0 first leg defeat to BATE Borisov last week in Belarus in their last-32 clash.
This came after a frustrated Lacazette swung his elbow at Aleksandar Filipovic in the last five minutes of the game following a VAR decision to rule out his equalising goal for the Gunners.
Speaking after the match, Arsenal boss Unai Emery admitted at the time he had already had words with Lacazette.
“I didn’t see the action but we spoke and frustration needs controlling,” he said.
“It’s bad news with the red card. Next week we aren’t going to play with him but now we are going to think with the players that are okay for next week.”
Therefore, Lacazette was forced to sit out of Thursday’s 3-0 win over BATE in the return leg that saw Arsenal progress to the next round with a 3-1 aggregate victory.
But the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) have decided to extend his suspension for another two matches.
“The CEDB have decided to suspend the player Alexandre Lacazette for three (3) UEFA club competition matches,” read a statement on UEFA.com.
“The player, having already served one match, will be suspended for a further two (2) matches.
Now the former Lyon striker will be denied a chance at making a return to France for Arsenal’s last-16 tie against Ligue 1 side Rennes.
The first leg will take place at the Roazhon Park on March 7 with the return fixture in London set seven days later.
For now though, Arsenal’s main focus will be on Sunday’s home game against Southampton in the Premier League with kick-off set for 3:05 PM (CET).
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