Arsenal provide latest on Lacazette, Pepe and more ahead of Newcastle

Arsenal have this afternoon provided updates on the fitness of a number of the club’s stars, ahead of their season opener this weekend.

Newcastle vs Arsenal

The new Premier League campaign is set to get underway at Anfield this evening, when last season’s runners-up, Liverpool, host top-flight newcomers Norwich City.

Arsenal’s fans, meanwhile, on the back of a hectic close to the summer transfer window, will be handed the first chance to watch some of their side’s latest recruits in action versus Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners capped a stellar window with the deadline day additions of both Kieran Tierney and David Luiz yesterday:

Unai Emery’s men will of course be hoping to get their latest pursuit of a return to the Champions League off to a positive start, after missing out on qualification to European football’s elite club competition at the final hurdle last season.

Pepe & Lacazette doubts

And an update on the squad at the disposal of Emery for his side’s trip to St. James’ Park has been provided this afternoon.

In a statement on the club’s official website, Arsenal have confirmed that both Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe look set to be game-time decisions to face Newcastle:

The same goes for out-of-favour midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

Alex Lacazette
Right ankle. Will continue to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match at Newcastle.

Nicolas Pepe
Regaining full match fitness following late return from African Cup of Nations. Decision to be made on participation for Sunday.

Mohamed Elneny
Regaining full match fitness following late return from African Cup of Nations. Decision to be made on participation for Sunday.

Elsewhere, Hector Bellerin hopes to make a return to first-team training in October, while Rob Holding is inching closer to a return to the pitch:

Hector Bellerin
Left knee. Continuing with on-field rehabilitation. Aiming to participate in full training in October.

Rob Holding
Left knee. Continuing with on-field rehabilitation and now participating in full training with the first team.

Dinos Mavropanos
Groin. Continues to receive treatment and further assessment. Will be out of action for at least 6-8 weeks.

Emile Smith Rowe
Groin. Progressing well in training and aiming to re-join the first team squad in 1-2 weeks


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