Arsenal lose but play but play down Lacazette knock

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Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:51 pm

Alexandre Lacazette was forced off with injury early on but Arsenal have played down concerns
Alexandre Lacazette was forced off with an ankle injury as Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Lyon in the Emirates Cup, but Unai Emery insists his departure was just a precaution.

Arsenal, who had been unbeaten in normal time throughout pre-season, went ahead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the first half, but two second-half strike from Moussa Dembele gave the French side victory.Concern lay with Lacazette, Arsenal's player of the season last term, having being forced off after just 15 minutes, but Emery said after the game that the injury was "not important."

"We are thinking it is not important. He decided with the doctor and with me that it was better not to risk. The doctor said to me he is going to check tomorrow, but we are thinking it is not important. Arsenal head coach Unai Emery opted to rest both Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac; the pair were involved in a car-jacking attempt on Thursday and, despite the club and both players insisting they were fine following the ordeal, neither were part of the matchday squad.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates opening the scoring for Arsenal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates opening the scoring for Arsenal
Emery also decided to start with new signings Gabriel Martinelli and Dani Ceballos on the bench as Granit Xhaka captained the side.

There was bad news early on for the hosts as Lacazette limped off with an ankle issue, to be replaced by Reiss Nelson having earlier had treatment on the touchline. Lacazette was later pictured on the bench with a protective boot around his left foot.

Arsenal took a deserved lead 10 minutes before the interval as Aubameyang turned home Henrikh Mkhitaryan's cross.

Dembele came off the bench at half-time and headed Lyon level with a little over a quarter of the game remaining after Arsenal's own substitute, Eddie Nketiah, had missed a great headed chance minutes before.

Arsenal players celebrate their opener at the Emirates
Arsenal players celebrate their opener at the Emirates
Emery introduced new boys Martinelli and Ceballos, as well as Shkodran Mustafi, for the closing 20 minutes - the two new signings given a rousing reception by the home fans.

Martinelli looked as though he had marked his maiden Emirates Stadium appearance with a quickfire goal but his tap-in was ruled out as he caught the ball with his hand before prodding home.


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Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:00 pm

Good information

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