Unai Emery rates Alexandre Lacazette’s chances of facing Newcastle after ankle injury

first_img Tom OlverMonday 5 Aug 2019 7:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link492Shares Alexandre Lacazette is in a race to be fit for Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery is hopeful that Alexandre Lacazette will be available for the side’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.Lacazette, 28, limped off with an ankle injury in Arsenal’s defeat to Lyon at the Emirates Cup and subsequently missed the Gunners’ friendly loss to Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Sunday night.Though Lacazette was pictured wearing a protective boot over his ankle following the clash with Lyon, it appears he could be line to feature at St James’ Park this weekend.Emery revealed that Arsenal’s medical staff were ‘optimistic’ over Lacazette’s fitness and did not rule out the French striker making an appearance against the Magpies.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s one process. Hopefully he could be available for the match against Newcastle,’ the Spaniard said in the wake of Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat away to Barca.‘The doctors, they are optimistic. We are going to wait.‘The next days are going to be very important to see how he is going to progress with his injury. But I am really, really happy with other players also.’ Emery was satisfied with Arsenal’s display at the Nou Camp (Picture: Getty)Arsenal started positively at the Nou Camp, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breaking the deadlock, before an own goal from Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Luis Suarez’s late strike sealed a narrow win for Barca.‘I am really happy with our work, with our performance,’ Emery said after the final whistle.‘The next week we are going to start the Premier League against Newcastle and the result is going to be important. But not today.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We want to create a winning mentality but the first today was to work with all the players, to start thinking how we can be better for the first match against Newcastle.‘We have some injuries but that is normal for every team. We played a good match here, away here in Barcelona against a good team, where every match is difficult.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We had some mistakes, but it is up to us to improve that.’MORE: Unai Emery reveals his plan for Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Barcelona defeat Comment Lacazette has trained since picking up his ankle injury (Picture: Getty)Emery added: ‘If he is ready for Sunday, perfect. If he isn’t, then for the next.‘We need now to have a very competitive team, with the players ready forth next matches but above all to create a mentality to start strong and find our best performance in the next match.’New signing Nicolas Pepe was left at home for the trip to Barcelona, but the forward is likely to be available against Steve Bruce’s side on Sunday.Arsenal have been keen to give Pepe a rest following his commitments with the Ivory Coast at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery provides Alexandre Lacazette injury update ahead of Newcastle clash Pepe did not travel to Catalonia (Picture: Getty)Asked about his plan for Pepe, Emery explained: ‘Tomorrow we are going to train together.‘Each day for him and for us is information we can save.‘We hope he can be [available] for this match [versus Newcastle]. With him, I want to be patient.‘He is in the same situation as the other players who have been coming in the last days. For example, Lucas Torreira, after one week of training today has his first ten minutes.‘With Pepe it’s the same. It’s better to be training and be working with us.’last_img read more

Pellegrini not giving up on title

first_img The Chilean said: “I think the team knows perfectly what they have to do. “We lost that game but we have still to play six games more and we will fight to the end to win the title. “If we don’t do it, it is because Liverpool will win their four games, but I don’t think some things change after the game on Sunday. “Of course, the fans believe that we can do it. “The two games postponed – if we win both we are just one point behind Liverpool. “If you don’t believe (when you are) just one point behind the leader, nobody can believe anything. “We have had a very good season so far and we hope we finish in the last six games in the same way.” City’s title destiny may be out of their hands but they will look to apply pressure as they play the first of their games in hand at home to bottom side Sunderland on Wednesday. Pellegrini insists little has changed as a result of Sunday’s defeat to leaders Liverpool. The loss left third-placed City trailing the Reds by seven points and Chelsea by five but, with two games in hand, Pellegrini claims the battle could still be too close to call. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his side are still firmly in the Barclays Premier League title race. “The important thing is that we win our games,” Pellegrini said. “We can do nothing about the other teams but we can do a lot of things here. “That is why I am sure the players know exactly what they have to do and we will try to start winning one of the two games postponed so both teams, Chelsea and Liverpool, must feel we are only three or four points behind them with one game also to play at the end of the season.” City will be without key midfielder Yaya Toure, who limped off just 19 minutes into Sunday’s game with a leg injury and will be out for 10 days to a fortnight. That means he could also miss matches against West Brom and Crystal Palace but the problem does not appear as bad as first feared. Vincent Kompany and top scorer Sergio Aguero, who made his comeback at the weekend after five games out with a hamstring injury, are both fit. Meanwhile, Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has admitted he would willingly swap places with arch-rivals Newcastle as he attempts to drag the club back from the brink of relegation. The Black Cats head into a daunting visit to the Etihad Stadium knowing their Barclays Premier League destiny could be all but decided if they emerge with a sixth successive defeat with seven points currently separating them from safety. Poyet admitted after Saturday’s 1-0 home reverse at the hands of high-flying Everton that a root and branch review of the club is required if it is to ever release itself from a seemingly perennial tailspin which is sucking it back towards the Football League. And he has cast an envious eye along the road to Newcastle, where counterpart Alan Pardew finds himself entrenched in a battle to win over his club’s fans despite the Magpies sitting ninth in the table. Asked to characterise the challenge of managing in the north-east, Poyet said: “The most important part, which is the fans, they love it, they love football and they are desperate to do well. “Go across the river and go to Newcastle – they are in an unbelievable situation in the table and there is a nightmare. “Can we change over? Because that is a great problem to have, to be ninth? “Why? Because it’s that drive to get better all the time and to be always on top and it doesn’t matter how many games you have won in the past because you need to win the next. “That part of football, I love it because it’s the best way to do it, to try to get better all the time. “In terms of mentality for me, it’s perfect, the north-east. It’s always better if you finish ninth instead of 10th, and I am like that. “The problem is at the moment it is so bad that it’s not enjoyable, so the idea is to make sure that we don’t put ourselves in this situation anymore. “It doesn’t matter who is the manager, I am talking about the club now, the club itself.” Full-back Phil Bardsley will miss the trip through suspension after collecting his 10th booking of the season against Everton. Midfielder Liam Bridcutt will also be absent because of a personal issue, while striker Steve Fletcher (ankle) is unlikely to play again this season and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. Press Associationlast_img read more