Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is almost certain to miss the Premier League encounter with Everton later this week after the Frenchman picked up a hamstring problem at the weekend.

The Gunners play hosts to fellow European hopefuls Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night hoping to close the gap on the leading pack for European football next season with a win. The North Londoners will have to secure that win without Lacazette who has been the main source of goals for the club in recent weeks.

Lacazette is the leading goalscorer at Arsenal this season in all competitions. He has scored 13 goals for his team in the Premier League this season. He has carried the burden of finding the back of the net in the past games in the absence of skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang.

The Frenchman scored twice to lead Arsenal to a 3-0 away win over bottom club Sheffield United in the penultimate league game before netting twice in the 4-0 away victory over Czech Republic team Sparta Prague last week Thursday in what was the biggest game of the season for the Gunners.

His contributions during that game propelled the North London giants to the semis where they will face Villarreal and former manager Unai Emery over two legs to determine who will go through to the final of the competition to be played next month.

Lacazette suffered the abovementioned hamstring injury in the last league game at home to relegation team Fulham on Sunday afternoon and will now miss the Everton game this week. His replacement in the second half, Eddie Nketiah rescued a point late on for the Gunners in the 1-1 draw with the Cottagers.

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