Unai Emery press conference: Arsenal boss on Ceballos future, Lacazette injury blow and Willock’s potential


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Arsenal have confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will be out of action until October with an ankle injury.

Lacazette, 28, had been playing through the pain barrier but has now been told to rest the problem in case of suffering further damage.

Alexandre Lacazette is set for a spell on the sidelines

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Alexandre Lacazette is set for a spell on the sidelines

A statement on Arsenal’s website said: “After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness.

“Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks. He is likely to be back in action in October.”

Lacazette has scored two goals in three appearances this season, the last of which came in the 2-2 draw with north London rivals Tottenham when the Frenchman was replaced in the 67th minute.

Unai Emery faced the press on Friday afternoon, with talkSPORT.com rounding up the rest of the key talking points below.

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Pepe closing in on return

“Yes, yes, he is training well and he is ready for Sunday.”

Tierney and Bellerin update

“It depends on their progress for the next weeks and maybe also we can decide to play at the beginning with the under-23s before, to be ready with us.


“Maybe if they play with the under-23s they can take confidence and better their rhythm and then after play with us 100 per cent.”

Pepe will be available for Arsenal’s trip to Watford on Sunday

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Pepe will be available for Arsenal’s trip to Watford on Sunday

On the possibility of Ceballos staying at the Emirates longer than a season

“Every player, when they’re coming to a new competition or team, they need some adaptation.

“He is playing and played in Liverpool and told us he knows in that moment how difficult it is to play in the Premier League, above all against a team like Liverpool.

“He needs that adaptation and after to move very quickly with us, the new ideas and the opposing teams.

“His wish is very important to help us and give us his skills and quality for each training and match.”

Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos has already made a big impression at the Emirates

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Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos has already made a big impression at the Emirates

Any update on the captaincy?

“We spoke this morning on that, next week I am going to take the decision on the five captains.

“I am going to make it official next week. We have captains now.”

Willock’s potential after signing new deal

“It’s good news. He’s young, he has energy, he has quality, skills. He is hungry to help us, to be here. It’s a good decision for him and us.”

WAITING GAME


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