Alexandre Lacazette started for Arsenal yesterday as they suffered yet another damaging defeat in the Premier League.
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is adamant that striker Alexandre Lacazette wants to stay at Arsenal despite feeling unloved at the club.
Whilst Lacazette started for Arsenal yesterday evening during their defeat to Leicester, the Frenchman has been in and out of Unai Emery’s starting XI this season.
It is just a number of decisions Emery has made which has frustrated the Arsenal supporters and has seen him come under scrutiny by the Emirates faithful.
Speaking to Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (10/11/19 start at 12:00pm), Nicholas thinks that even if Lacazette doesn’t feel loved by those at the club, he will still want to stay in North London, as he shared what he likes about the player.
Does he think Lacazette really wants to be at Arsenal: “I do actually,” Nicholas told Soccer Saturday. “I’ve always complained about this [Lacazette’s lack of game time] because I am always a big fan of his. I like him, he’s a better link-up play than Aubameyang – not a partnership that blends often enough for me.
“He [Laca] carries a lot for the team. Gives a lot to the team. I always get a little confused when the manager leaves him out – I think he is the go-to man for Arsenal. If Pepe gets up to speed then he will start to realise that you can work off this guy. If he doesn’t feel loved enough then I can understand he can get frustrated with the situation.”
It isn’t just this season that Emery has started Lacazette then dropped him to the bench, it is something he did on a number of occasions during the previous campaign.
Added with that, he has also had a habit of substituting the player even though he is having a good game.
If Emery is going to take such bold decisions then there is nothing wrong with it, but he has to back it up by his team performing or his decision-making proving to be 100% correct. That hasn’t been happening.