21 Mar 2022 | 12:02 | Football
Arteta praises Lacazette’s attitude
Alexandre Lacazette has only scored four goals in the Premier League this season. In the last 12 matches, the former Lyon striker scored only 2 goals, a performance too low for a striker.
However, according to Jamie Redknapp, experts have long stopped judging Lacazette by goals. He said: “Lacazette has done an outstanding job for the team. Now he is the link. You need that goal. With Liverpool, they have Firmino to do and we have also stopped judging him. It’s through the number of goals.”
Agreeing with the above view, coach Mikel Arteta also affirmed: “Laca makes the people around him better” .
Obviously, Lacazette no longer acts as a striker in the usual sense, ie rushing into the penalty area to score, but often turning his back to the goal to open up opportunities for teammates. Against Aston Villa, there was such a case in the first half.
Accordingly, when Thomas Partey brilliantly blocked John McGinn’s careless pass, Lacazette was in the right position in the penalty area. He had the opportunity to finish when the ball rolled in front of him. However, instead of taking the foot, he kept it with his back to Emi Martinez, before failing to pass!
This was a situation where both Emile Smith Rowe and Granit Xhaka were confused and it caused Lacazette to scream in anger. In Lacazette’s opinion, Smith Rowe should be at the edge of the penalty area to catch the return ball. It is similar to the goal that Bukayo Saka scored in the 30th minute of the match. If right, maybe the French striker has 8 assists in the season.
Remember, in Arsenal’s last 5 consecutive wins (before being stopped by Liverpool), Lacazette had 4 assists and 1 goal. The match he did not have any assists or goals, this player born in 1991 was voted “Player of the Match” by Whoscored.
In short, Lacazette was a true assassin during his time in France. However, for many reasons, this player is no longer as selfish as before. Lacazette’s teamwork is a prerequisite for juniors like Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard or Bukayo Saka to take turns shining this season. It’s no coincidence that Mikel Arteta is considering giving Lacazette a new contract at the end of the season. If Arsenal get into the Champions League, it will be a worthy reward for the silent contributions that Lacazette has made.
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