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Tony Cascarino has said on talkSPORT that he cannot understand why Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is not including Alexandre Lacazette in the starting lineup.

The talkSPORT pundit believes that Lacazette is more clinical than fellow Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The former Chelsea striker believes that Arteta should have started Lacazette in the Premier League game against Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in North London this past weekend.

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Lacazette was an unused substitute.

The Arsenal no.9 has made one substitute appearance in the Premier League and one substitute appearance in the League Cup so far this season.

Cascarino said on talkSPORT, as transcribed by Just Arsenal: “He [Arteta] made a lot of changes [vs Norwich], the big one was the goalkeeper, he brought in Ramsdale for Leno which is a brave call.

“Lacazette still can’t get in the starting line-up and I find that quite strange. Out of all the Arsenal strikers, I know they’ve got Aubameyang, but I think he’s more clinical, and I think he can get 10-15 goals quite comfortably.”

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette?

If you look at the stats, then it will become clear that Aubameyang has scored more goals for Arsenal in the league than Lacazette.

The Gabon international has found the back of the net 65 times in 117 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

Lacazette, a France international, has scored 50 goals in 129 league games for Arsenal.

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Now, you could argue that Lacazette has often been played out wide to accommodate Aubameyang in the central position, but then you would have to ask why it has been so.

Because Aubameyang is a better striker.

The striker scored for Arsenal in their 1-0 win against Norwich at the weekend.