Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery provides Alexandre Lacazette update following ankle sprain

The French forward left the Emirates with a protective boot with OL beating the Gunners 2-1

Jack Rathborn@JackRathborn
Monday 29 July 2019 08:19
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Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette leaves Emirates Stadium in protective boot

Alexandre Lacazette’s ankle injury is “not serious” after leaving Arsenal’s friendly against Lyon in a protective boot.

The French forward suffered an ankle sprain against his former club, who won 2-1 at the Emirates.

But Unai Emery insists there is not considerable concern over the long-term health of the player.

“We are thinking the Lacazette injury is not serious,” Emery said. “He decided with the doctor and with me not to take a risk.

“It is better in pre-season to do that. It’s in his ankle, it’s a sprain. He will be assessed over the next few days but it is not serious.”

Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil are not mentally ready to play yet either, with the duo involved in a carjacking incident on Thursday.

“It was a decision made between the players and us that it’s not a good moment to play because their mind is not 100 per cent here,” Emery declared.

“It’s a very personal circumstance and the most important thing is that they now feel good, feel safe and feel calm with their family.

“After a couple of days they can come and start properly with the squad again.”

Lacazette suffered an ankle injury vs Lyon

While Nicolas Pepe could soon join to become the club’s record signing at £72m.

“We are thinking about how we can improve the club,” Emery added when quizzed on the Ivorian.

“Pépé is a very good player and we are only thinking about players that can improve this squad and give us different conditions.”

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