Arsenal manager Unai Emery has implied he won’t be starting new signing Nicolas Pepe or Alexandre Lacazette at Newcastle United.
In the space of just a few weeks, Arsenal have bolstered their prospects for the new season by adding the likes of Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz to their squad.
Although Tierney is currently sidelined following a double hernia operation he had this summer. It’s possible the full-back will continue to remain out of action for the next few weeks.
Luiz, on the other hand, should be available to start at St James’ Park on Sunday after his deadline day £8m transfer from Chelsea. While Real Madrid loanee Ceballos is looking good as well for his Premier League debut.
But it seems Arsenal’s €80m record signing Pepe won’t be starting this weekend, with Emery suggesting the Ivorian may have to wait a bit to make the line-up.
Meanwhile, French striker Lacazette has sustained an untimely ankle injury.
“We played pre-season progressively and included some players later. We are going to start Sunday with players who I am very convinced can perform now at 100 per cent,” said Emery on Arsenal.com.
“For some, that’s impossible for them to achieve that performance for us because they arrived later or started training with us after injuries.
“Lacazette for example trained yesterday and today but I don’t know now about Sunday. Tomorrow we are going to check whether he can play or not.
“The same is with Pepe, he’s been working with us for one week. Also progressively, I want him to feel good with his team-mates, with the coaches and with our training. It’s different how we train here compared to how he trained at Lille.
“I want to give him the best moment to play with us, to make his debut with us. Maybe it can be Sunday, but I am going to decide on Sunday.”