Gunners boss Unai Emery suggested that the injury that forced Alexandre Lacazette out of today’s 2-1 Emirates Cup defeat to Lyon was not serious. The French striker left the field after 15 minutes due to an ankle problem and was pictured leaving the stadium in a protective boot.
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But when quizzed on the injury in his post match press conference, Emery said this was just a precautionary measure. “We are thinking it is not an important injury. He decided with the doctor it was better not take a risk. He tried to play on, but it was better to not take any risks.
“The doctor said to me he will check on it again tomorrow and over the next few days and we will see. It is his ankle, we think it is a sprained ankle but we will assess it over the next few days.”
Emery also confirmed that he left Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac out of the squad due to the incident they were involved in earlier in the week when weapon wielding assailants attempted to steal the vehicle they and their wives were driving in.
“They are very important players for the team, but sometimes we look at the circumstances and that was a decision between us that it was not a good moment for them to play because their mind is not 100% here.
“That is a very personal circumstance and what is most important now is that they feel calm and safe with their families. They came to the stadium this morning, they were here, but we decided the best was to let them rest today.”