Emery considers Lacazette role for Tyneside trip
Unai Emery has no new injury concerns ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Newcastle as he weighs up starting Alexandre Lacazette once more.
The Gunners have been boosted by all their international stars returning from the break unscathed, Lucas Torreira shaking off the effects of a calf injury suffered while with Uruguay.
Alex Iwobi is also back to boost Emery’s ranks having missed the win over Cardiff last time out through illness.
Sead Kolasinac remains on the sidelines with a knee injury but the medical staff say he is making good progress and could be back in action next month.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (leg), Carl Jenkinson (ankle) and Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) are the long-term absentees for Arsenal.
Emery must decide whether to stick with the same team that won 3-2 at Cardiff before the international break having decided to start Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together for the first time this season, both men getting on the scoresheet.
When asked if they could both start at Newcastle, Emery said: ‘It’s a process to know the combination on the pitch, with different players but I need and I want to start in the level, 11 players with good performances and also, we need in the balance of players, when the team needs to work in the pitch to help the team to find the win, to stay with the performance.
‘The reason is that I am very happy with the last two victories in the Premier League and also with the performances and I want to push every player to be okay to help the team if for one minute, 30 minutes or half time or 90 minutes.’