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“Not serious” – Arsenal hopeful Lacazette will be fit for Newcastle despite protective boot

By Chris Smith

Published: 17:39, 29 July 2019

Unai Emery is hopeful he’ll have striker Alexandre Lacazette available for Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Newcastle United.

The France international suffered an ankle injury during the first half of the Gunners’ 2-1 pre-season defeat to Lyon on Sunday and left the Emirates with a protective boot on his foot.

Lacazette’s injury: Five key things to know…

  • Arsenal lost 2-1 to Lyon in the Emirates Cup on Sunday.
  • Lacazette appeared to be struggling with an injury in the 13th minute.
  • He was replaced by Reiss Nelson and left the stadium wearing a protective boot.
  • Emery and Lacazette both played down the extent of the injury.
  • Emery expects his striker to be fit for their Premier League opener against Newcastle.

However, the injury isn’t thought to be a serious one, and asked whether he might be sidelined for a couple of weeks, Lacazette replied: “No, before (that). Soon.”

Speaking after the game, Emery confirmed Lacazette’s substitution was purely a precaution and that the injury isn’t as serious as the protective boot would suggest.

“It’s in his ankle,” the Spaniard told reporters. “He will probably be assessed over the next few days – but it’s not serious.

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“We are thinking it’s not important, he decided with the doctor and with me that it is better to take no more risk.

“He tried to continue playing but I think it was better in the pre-season to take patience.

“The doctor said to me he is going to check tomorrow but the thinking is that it is not important.”

Arsenal play French side Angers on Wednesday before facing Barcelona in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday.

The Gunners then kick off their Premier League campaign away to Newcastle United on August 11 before hosting Burnley.