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
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.