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Unai Emery has confirmed that the hamstring injury Alexandre Lacazette sustained during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham is not serious. Spurs appeared to be in control of the north London derby after goals from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane gave Spurs a two-goal lead inside the opening 40 minutes at the Emirates.
However, Alexandre Lacazette scored an exquisite solo goal on half-time before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang volleyed home an equaliser in the 71st minute and the points were shared.
Shortly before Aubameyang’s leveller, Lacazette pulled up clutching while his hamstring and Unai Emery brought on Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the Frenchman’s place to see out the remainder of the game.
Asked about a possible injury for Lacazette after the final whistle, Emery replied: ‘Yes, I think so. It’s not [severe].’ The Gunners have a fortnight until their next match away to Watford and Emery will be hoping the forward has returned to full match fitness in time for the trip to Vicarage Road.
Lacazette believes Tottenham have Hugo Lloris to thank for coming away from Emirates with a point. ‘We wanted to win today but one point for each team is good,’ he said following the draw.
‘It is always better to get one point rather than nothing. ‘I scored and everybody was happy going into half-time. I think they can say thank you Lloris for all the the saves.’
Granit Xhaka gave away a penalty with a reckless foul on Son Heung-min in the first half, but Emery defended his captain after the final whistle.
In 90 minutes I am very proud of his work,’ the Spaniard said. ‘Some mistakes we can have and I want to use to progress and improve. There are more positive things collectively, individually and also with Xhaka for me.
‘The penalty is really one action that is very disappointing. He worked very well. He played very well. If we won the match maybe we’d speak about the mistakes less.
‘Really there were two mistakes in the first half and they scored two goals. ‘We spoke about that in the dressing room and we learned for the second half and after we were continuing getting in their boxes, taking corners and shots. We didn’t get the efficiency for scoring the third goal but I think we deserved it.’