Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has fired shots at Arsene Wenger over the French tactician’s somewhat damaging treatment of Alexandre Lacazette, especially after the Gunners landed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in a club-record transfer deal.
Lacazette joined the north-Londoners in the summer from Olympique Lyon for a fee supposedly worth 46.5m, a jump to the Premier League from Ligue 1 which initially made him the club’s undisputed starting striker.
Although the Frenchman’s maiden season on English soil hasn’t necessarily been the most prolific of debut campaigns, and with just 1 goal to his name in 12 appearances for the club, it’s clear to see that something simply isn’t right in the attacker’s usually prolific game.
Also in 22 starts for Arsenal this term, Lacazette has been subbed off 15 times by Wenger and though it’s wise to rest a player to ease fatigue, it’s evidently impeding ‘Gwada’s’ positive state of mind and well-being on the turf.
Wright, a proficient goal-machine in his heyday at Highbury, knows the importance of having the manager’s faith and assurance on side when spates of adversity in-front of the target hit, however now that ‘Auba’ is an effective and proven member of Arsenal’s attacking armoury, the ex-England international believes that ‘Le Prof’ has subsequently ‘destroyed’ Lacazette’s ‘confidence’ due to the prospect of potentially being subbed more frequently.
Speaking in an interview – via a report published by Mirror – ‘Wrighty’ forthrightly claimed that Lacazette has performed adequately this season and has not floundered to the extent where he is to be completely disregarded by Wenger.
“He [Lacazette] has played well in games, he has scored goals, but he has been taken off. Wenger has destroyed Lacazette’s confidence.” He openly vented.