Arsenal paid a club record £46.5m to sign striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in the summer. He’s scored goals, played well and then been benched against Liverpool and Manchester City. What more does he have to do?
When Arsenal signed Alexandre Lacazette, I was over the moon. Arsenal finally had the top quality striker they had been in desperate need of for years. But then Wenger had to ruin it. Things started very well. Lacazette made his Premier League debut at the Emirates against Leicester City. He scored within two minutes with his second touch. There’s no better way to announce your arrival.
However, Arsenal’s first Premier League game of the season against Leicester is the only game where Lacazette has played the full 90 minutes. Lacazette has been substituted with around 20 minutes left to play in all of the Premier League games that he has started, with the exception of Leicester. The disappointment on Lacazette’s face is clear to see when he becomes aware that he is being substituted yet again. If Lacazette was playing poorly then of course it makes sense to substitute him but more often than not, he is playing well and deserves to complete 90 minutes on the pitch.
Every footballer wants to play in the big games. Wenger has not give Lacazette a fair chance to do that so far this season. Arsenal have played three big games this season; Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City. In the match against Liverpool, Lacazette was left on the bench and only brought on in the 62nd minute when Arsenal were 3-0 down. What is he supposed to do at that point when it’s clearly game over? Then he started against Chelsea, and should have scored, before being substituted for Alexis Sanchez as Arsenal played out a goalless draw.
Arsenal faced Man City this weekend and Lacazette was on the bench once again. It just baffles me. Why would spend so much on a striker to leave him out in your biggest games of the season? Arsenal fans were furious with the decision and rightly so. Lacazette came on in the 56th minute and scored Arsenal’s only goal to give them hope of getting back into the game. Ultimately it wasn’t enough as Man City won 3-1 but as soon as Lacazette scored, it made Wenger’s decision seem even more foolish.
Another point to make is that Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez should be starting together much more often. So far this season, they have started one game together and that was against Everton. The Gunners won 5-2 with those three players combining to devastating effect as they were all on the scoresheet.
Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s top scorer in the Premier League with six goals, double any other player. He has done everything in his power to prove that he deserves to start for Arsenal and play the full 90 minutes. Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur after the international break. Hopefully Wenger will see sense and start Lacazette for the North London Derby.
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