Unai Emery gives injury update on Alexandre Lacazette after early Emirates Cup exit

Arsenal manager Unai Emery provided an update on the fitness of Alexandre Lacazette after the forward limped off early in his team’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon on Sunday.

The French international departed after just 13 minutes of the Emirates Cup match against the French giants, with the knock being picked up in innocuous circumstances with no opposition players around him.

The Gunners were able to put the blow of losing Lacazette behind them as they took the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 35th minute.

However, two goals in the second half from Moussa Dembele saw Lyon come from behind to stun Emery’s men and lift the Emirates Cup.

Unai Emery this Alexandre Lacazette’s injury is ‘not serious’

The focus after the game, though, was not on the result, but more on Lacazette after the 28-year-old was seen leaving the ground with his left foot in a moon boot.

Emery, though, did not seem too concerned by the severity of the injury, though did add the caveat it may be too early to know the full extent of the setback suffered by his frontman.

Lacazette wears a foot brace as he shakes hands with Olympique Lyonnais’ Houssem Aouar

“We are thinking it’s not serious,” revealed the 47-year-old. “He decided with a doctor and with me that it’s better to not to take a further more risk.

“He tried to continue playing but it was better in pre-season not to take a risk.

“The Doctor said he is going to check tomorrow but he is thinking it is not serious. He has a sprained ankle.”

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With Arsenal due to start their Premier League campaign in just under two weeks, losing Lacazette to injury this late in pre-season is a blow for the Londoners.

He scored 19 goals last term and provided 13assists in a highly-productive campaign for Emery’s men.

The France international also looked to have formed a lethal partnership in attack with Aubameyang, with the pair linking up to great effect.

It looks like it could be touch and go for Lacazette to be fit for the start of the new season, with Arsenal opening with a trip to Newcastle on August 11.


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