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Alexandre Lacazette has promised Arsenal fans he is already thinking about his comeback after he was ruled out until next month with an ankle injury.
Lacazette has already scored twice in three Premier League appearances so far this season but has been managing the problem and has only played 147 minutes in total.
The France international initially picked up the injury in a pre-season friendly against his old club Lyon with manager Unai Emery insisting at the time that it was ‘not a serious’ problem.
However, the Spanish boss was forced to confirm yesterday that Lacazette would need a break from first-team action in order to recover.
‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ Emery said.
‘Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks. ‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’ Lacazette responded with a message to concerned supporters on his Twitter account, reassuring them that he would be making swift progress on his recovery.
‘Already started my rehab and looking to the future,’ Lacazette wrote. ‘Thanks everyone for your messages!!’
Arsenal are not short of attacking talent to replace him, having smashed their club transfer record over the summer to bring in winger Nicolas Pepe while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 35 goals in 53 Premier League appearances since joining in 2018.
However, Emery appears willing to give some fans what they want and offer some of the club’s up and coming talent the chance to prove themselves in the heat of battle.
‘It’s our philosophy and our idea to give them chances to be with us in training and taking confidence and playing minutes and if they achieve the performance we want, then continuing,’ Emery said.
‘They can take experience being with us, training with us, playing with us and also helping them with our experienced players and sharing with those players our way.’
Those words will be music to the ears of the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson, both teenagers with just six league appearances between them for the Gunners.