Unai Emery provides update as Alexandre Lacazette limps out of Emirates in protective boot

Alexandre Lacazette twisted his ankle in Arsenal’s defeat to Lyon at the Emirates Cup (Picture: Getty)

Unai Emery has confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette’s ankle injury is ‘not serious’ after the forward was forced off in the first half of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon at the Emirates Cup.

Lacazette appeared to roll his ankle while trying to evade a challenge in the 13th minute against Lyon and the 28-year-old required treatment before hobbling off the pitch.

Reiss Nelson came on to replace Lacazette for the remainder of the clash, but it’s understood the substitution was precautionary and Arsenal are confident the Frenchman will make a speedy recovery.

The Gunners started promisingly, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang directing home Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s powerful cross, but a quickfire brace from second-half substitute Moussa Dembele gave Lyon the victory.

While Lacazette was pictured limping out of the stadium with a protective boot, Emery insisted that the striker’s ankle problem was nothing overly concerning.

‘The doctor said to me he’s going to check tomorrow… it’s in his ankle,’ Emery said after Arsenal’s defeat.

‘He’s going to be assessed over the next few days – it’s not serious.’

Lacazette told Foot Mercato reporter Dahbia Hattabi that he had merely twisted his ankle and was taken off the pitch as a precaution.

The France attacker is confident that he will return to training imminently.

Emery was satisfied with Arsenal’s performance against Lyon in the first half, but admitted his players lost their focus after the break.

‘We defended well in the first half but in the second half we switched off,’ he said.

‘The focus and concentration maybe wasn’t there as much in the second half.

‘We were winning and playing very well… but we lost.

‘We’re going to work and watch to improve.’

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