Lacazette out, Willock in – Arsenal injury news ahead of Watford clash


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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 29: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal reacts to defeat after the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on May 29, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

News from the injury front provide a mixed picture for Arsenal ahead of their Sunday's clash against Watford. 

After a summer in which they broke their transfer record to sign French midfielder Pepe, the Gunners have had a decent start to the season. They have picked up seven points from their opening four games, a decent return given that they faced both Tottenham and Liverpool during that period.

They now face a trip to a bruised Watford side which is still reeling from the unceremonious departure of manager Javi Garcia over the international break. The Spaniard's future was always in danger after his team started the season in a lack luster manner, winning none of their opening four games to find themselves at the rock bottom of the Premier League table.

Still, while the Gunners fans' have every right to feel confident about getting all three points from this fixture, their injury list would do well to dampen the mood ahead of the game.

Here's the latest Arsenal injury news as they prepare to travel to face Watford on Sunday.

Lacazette out for a month

Unai Emery of Arsenal looks on during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal
BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 04: Manager Unai Emery of Arsenal looks on during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal at Nou Camp on August 04, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Arsenal have been dealt a huge early-season injury blow after the club confirmed on Friday that striker Alexandre Lacazette would be out until October with an ankle injury.

An injury update given by the club read:  “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.”

The French striker is likely to miss at least five games for the Gunners, including their Europa League fixture vs Eintracht Frankfurt and a trip to face Manchester United at the end of this month.

One player who could get back in time to feature against Willock is the England U-21 international Joe Willock. The youngster withdrew from the junior national team squad after suffering an inflammation to his calf during the most recent international break.

With both the club and the national team deciding that it was best for him to rest, Willock has now fully recovered from his injury and is expected to play some part on Sunday.

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Trio might be back in action soon

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 19: Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on January 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal fans could expect to see the defensive trio of Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierny back in action at some stage later this month. 

Kiereny, 22, was already suffering from a groin injury when Arsenal paid £25m to Celtic to secure his services last month. As a result, the left full-back is yet to make his debut for the Gunners.

He is expected to play for the Gunners later this month, as do Hector Bellerin who missed out the 2nd half of the 2018/19 season after injuring his ACL in a match against Chelsea last campaign.

The 24-year-old Spanish full back is yet to feature for the Gunners this season, with Unai Emery forced to nominated Ashley Maitland Niles as the designated right-back for the team in his absence.

Rob Holding, meanwhile, might play a few minutes this season as he has fully recovered from his knee injury which kept him out from the last few months of the 2018/19 campaign.

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