Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be sidelined until October with an ankle injury.
The 28-year-old had been playing through the pain, but has now been told to rest the problem.
A statement on Arsenal’s website said: “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 has scored two goals in three appearances this season, the last of which came in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham, when the Frenchman was replaced in the 67th minute.
Unai Emery insists Arsenal’s club-record signing Nicolas Pepe is ready to face Watford on Sunday after confusion over his fitness during the international break.
The 23-year-old played in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham before the Ivory Coast FA reported he had contacted them to say he had suffered an injury.
That claim was refuted by the Gunners and it was claimed he was purely working on building up his fitness.
Asked if Pepe was fit, Emery replied: “Yes, yes, he is training well and he is ready for Sunday.”
Auba ST, Pepe RW and Nelson LW
The news of losing Alexandre Lacazette from the squad has been disappointing for the Gooners, who are hoping the manager starts the trio of Aubameyang, Pepe and Reiss Nelson up front for the Watford clash.
Check out the reaction below –
Please @UnaiEmery_ I’m on my knees— JF (@TwoFourFours) September 13, 2019
Nelson Auba Pepe
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Front 3 of Nelson Auba Pepe is filthy. Auba is a different animal with pace around him and when he’s playing up front. Him and Dembele did all sorts of madness at BVB. Pepe one side and Nelson the other side. 😍😍😍— R (@_BoyWonderFC) September 13, 2019
Watford are rock bottom of the premier league, no wins. Scored just 2 goals.— Woz (@WozAfc) September 13, 2019
Why would you show them any sort of respect?
4-2-3-1 70% possession dominate the game Ozil between the lines Pepe and Nelson stretch the game wide Auba world class CF.
We win that game 4-1