Lacazette ruled out until October with ankle injury

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Alex Lacazette will not play again for Arsenal this month as he continues to struggle with the ankle injury he picked up in pre-season.

The Frenchman has been in and out of Unai Emery’s squad for the four games so far this season but has now been advised he needs to rest.

A slightly vague update from the Arsenal medical team says: “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 could miss at least five games in September (Watford, Villa, Frankfurt, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United) and is at risk of missing a couple more (Standard Liege and Bournemouth) before October’s Interlull.

Just when it sounded like the squad was closing in on a clean bill of health. Hmm. 😔

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Josh
Josh

Next man up. Auba’s time to shine in the middle. Get well soon, Alex.

Mintoes
Mintoes

Auba ain’t no “next man up”…he IS the man!

Mark
Mark

Definitely smart to rest him now so this doesn’t linger all year or get worse. Luckily we have Pepe now and may give some more opportunity to Nelson. Plus Aubameyang can now get a consistent run up top where he seems to be much more effective.

bob
bob

Definately, we have enough depth to cover while he gets to top fitness, then hopefully he can even sneak back in time for the united game fully rested and fit to put them to the swordđŸ’Ș

Dat guy
Dat guy

It’s smart to rest him while we have good cover and can afford to do so. If more injuries pile onto other players as the season goes on we cant just hope that Lacas ankle holds up. Give Nelson the start Sunday and let’s see if he can build on his potential

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

I think Ceballos did a good job for Spain this interlull as one of a front three. Could be interesting to see…

Dat guy
Dat guy

With willock, xhaka, and torrea all having knocks he will probably have to play in the middle this week

Db10s
Db10s

I rather him in the middle anyways. I think his quality are what’s missing in the middle since santi left. The man to beat a high press and transition def to attack better. Put him up top and we’ll have issues feeding our front line.

Belfast Gooner
Belfast Gooner

This is why we should have kept Eddie. If Auba gets injured we cud be in trouble. Can Pepe play through the middle?

Sam
Sam

Yes Pepe can. But should Pepe?

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

For what I know, Pépé is a winger not quite clinical yet. I do not see him in the middle this season.

SMH
SMH

Gabriel on fast track.

atom
atom

Eddie wanted to go (article on here earlier about how Emery told him to stay and fight for a place) & in the big picture it’s probably better for him to get the consistent minutes. We have Auba & in a real pinch Pepe can play through the middle. This also should give Nelson some minutes and while no PL game is easy, the next 4 weeks look a lot easier on paper than our past few weeks.

Belfast Gooner
Belfast Gooner

Yeah I know Eddie wanted to go but the club could have said no. It’s what happens if Auba gets injured that worries me. Probably will see John-Jules in the Europa league now.

Adrian
Adrian

What if Eddie gets injured? You can’t have 5 strikers in your team just sitting on bench.

Mike
Mike

Absolutely right. Eddie needed minutes and Leeds is a great place for him to get playing time under an excellent coach.

Pau
Pau

Young Martinelli our eyes on you.

Spursarewank

Tupac is that you?

NairoGunner89
NairoGunner89

I remember how we used to hear player x will be out for 1 month then they are out for an entire season. I hope Laca gets well soon. He is a team player who looks really inspirational to play with on acvount of how hard he works and how fired up he gets. We need that new front line firing as soon as possible.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

*3 weeks

Mike
Mike

Ankles injuries don’t tend to linger the way knee / back / achilles injuries can.

Hantal
Hantal

I’d question why he hasn’t already been rested when we have the options upfront to do so but hopefully we’ll get him back soon

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

It’s your time to shine Micki.. Oh wait. Nelson!

chuffy
chuffy

You know Emery is going to go 4-3-1-2, Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Torreira, Caballos, Pepe, Aubameyang. Damn we’ll miss Lacazette big time. If he plays this team, with Bellerin and Tierney we might have more natural width, but the midfield 3 are going have to cover the full backs if they caught high up he pitch.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

This makes a lot of sense, I don’t get the down votes.

Dat guy
Dat guy

Because both of the full backs he included are injured lol

Dat guy
Dat guy

*not at match fitness

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

Because this has nothing to do with this weekend’s lineup I would imagine?

Mike
Mike

wut? By the time Tierney and Bellerin are back Laca will be healthy again. This comment makes no sense. Even if you were talking about a lineup four weeks out, why would you list Bellerin and Tierney but not Holding?

chuffy
chuffy

Tierney and Bellerin will be match ready middle of the month. Lacazette out until October at the earliest. I think this line up is going to be accurate. Replace the full backs if you want, but I dont see much change.

Deejay
Deejay

Bellerin and Tierney are not even in full training yet, there’s no chance they’ll play this month. They’re back with the first team but not in full training.

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

Auba up top. Flanked by nelson and pepe. Let’s go.

The Spoon
The Spoon

Don’t think any of the games listed are a big concern, all winnable and he wouldn’t have played against forest or frankfurt anyway most likely. Rest up and go again. Time for Nelson and hopefully ESR to get some games, as well as the Gabriel.

Holdini
Holdini

Hopefully we’ll go into November with Alex and our two best fullbacks fit and ready to go. We usually struggle in November.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Can we play him in the United game please? I hate them

Martin L. E.
Martin L. E.

I think most people do…right?

Mike
Mike

presumably even other united fans.

Santori
Santori

Its frankly best to rest him properly.

I guess we can cycle in Nelson left side, Pepe right and have Auba predator central.

Like to see Reiss feature more.

Also we should cycle in Martinelli for short durations.

Plus out wide, we can also put Kolasinac in a double pairing with Tierney supporting just behind.

4-3-1-2 or 3-4-1-2 also options to play.

Martin L. E.
Martin L. E.

Players I wanna see while Lacas on the mend:
Smith Rowe
Martinelli
Nelson

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Ian Snodin

atom
atom

Smith rowe is out injured again

Mike
Mike

Could also see Sako and John-Jules a bit I imagine.

Rich
Rich

Another chance for Nelson on the left? Or does Emery use Ceballos from the left away from home again?

He could throw in a wild card like Saka or Martinelli, Emery is impossible to second guess….. but losing Lacazette is a major blow, and leaves us light on experience from the bench in the forward positions.

We were poor away to 10 man Watford last season,non spit of the 3 points, hopefully Ceballos starts, he offers us something no other player does.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

My heart sunk when I read the title, then I realised that October is justba few weeks away. It’s a big blow, but big players will always be out, lets see how the next few weeks play out

Pattygooner
Pattygooner

Let’s go Reiss Nelson!!!

Elbon
Elbon

Glad to see that a lot of the comments are in agreement with the decision.

Juicefresh
Juicefresh

I thought this. 4231 Ceballos on the left like Spain (and like Cazorla did originally) Ozil no.10 Pepe right and Auba. Not sure its what I’d want (Nelson and getting familiar with 433) but it’s a good shout.

Srgm
Srgm

Is it the time for Ozil..? Funny nobody mentioned him even though it may mean a change in system..

Jim
Jim

With those fixtures and our back up we can really let him take his time, get him back in the team fully firing after the October interlull. Could be a blessing in disguise.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Maybe he can play on the lay day odd the month.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

*last

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Good chance for Martinelli as europa and carabao fixtures are coming where auba should be rested.

Chrispy
Chrispy

So it begins…..

Truj
Truj

We are done…

jon

At least we have Iwobi.. oh no!

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Is that Ingmar Bergman?

Thierry Oro
Thierry Oro

I think this injury will require a surgery.

Qutub
Qutub

Nelson Auba Pepe
Ceballos Guendouzi Willock/Torreira
This should be the midfield and attack till Laca comes back.

Arsemusic
Arsemusic

Really hope this isn’t a long thing.

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Get well soon Alex, let’s have one of the graduates