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Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with fierce rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium. The game came before a two week break for the first international break of the campaign.
Players will now be joining up with their international sides, however, the break will also allow any niggles picked up during the intense derby to heal ahead of a return to Premier League action.
Alexandre Lacazette’s omission from the France squad may just come as a blessing in disguise for Unai Emery’s men.
Here is the latest news from the treatment room at the Emirates Stadium.
Midfielder Mesut Ozil missed the game against Burnley after being ill in the week leading up to the match. The German had been back in full training with his teammates following security concerns that caused him to miss the season opener vs Newcastle, he made his first appearance in the match day squad in yesterday’s North London Derby, although he is yet to play a minute of football this season.
Alexandre Lacazette limped from the field in the second half against Tottenham in what would have been a worrying sight for Gunners’ fans. It was initially thought that the Frenchman had suffered a hamstring injury, but as revealed by football.london, further assessment has shown that the forward was struggling with cramp.
The news will come as a big relief to Unai Emery as the player should be available as normal for the match against Watford after the international break.
Hector Bellerin is progressing well in his recovery from a cruciate knee injury. The club confirmed that the player will be hoping to be back in training this month, the international break will give the full-back a perfect opportunity to return to full fitness.
Another player who is in a similar situation is summer arrival Kieran Tierney. The defender is yet to make an appearance in an Arsenal shirt, but is ahead of schedule in his recovery from complications following a double hernia operation. As with Bellerin, the player should be back in full training this month, and could use the international break to step up his recovery.
Long term absentee Rob Holding is set for a return to the first team after the international break. He has been back in training with the club’s U23s as part of his rehabilitation from a knee injury. The defender has played the full 90 minutes for the club’s development side
Asked whether he could be fit ahead of the North London Derby, Emery said: “He’s training with us and playing with U23s. He’s not 100 per cent for Sunday with us.”