Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal in the summer of 2017 to essentially spearhead the north-Londoners’ offensive regiment having been a prolific executioner at his former club Olympique Lyonnais, however it’s not necessarily been plain sailing for the French striker since his highly-anticipated arrival at the Emirates.
Lacazette understands that he has to make his presence in the danger area just as imposing as it was in Ligue 1, and though he netted 17 goals for the Gunners in his maiden season, the 27-year-old hit-man is still striving to become the club’s undisputed focal point in the Premier League and beyond.
Adapting to the English top-flight can either make or break a professional, given that it’s regarded as the most competitive division on the planet, and speaking to the club’s official website, Lacazette openly admitted:
“I have to be more powerful and be quicker in my decision making,
“It’s harder in England than in France, so I have to take in information quicker and be more powerful.
“We just need time to adapt to Emery’s football,
“I know we worked hard in pre-season and it will be better now. We can also see that when everyone works as a team and we understand what the coach asks us to do, we can be a good team.
“We just need to be more efficient with our chances so that we score more goals. We’ll keep going and we’ll keep working.”
Saturday’s clash with West Ham United could gift Arsenal their first victory of the 2018-19 campaign and Unai Emery could be influenced into starting Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang alongside one another in the striking department, a prospect which ‘Gwada’ is understandably relishing the thought of.
“Every day, like I said, we talk, we laugh a lot, we work together when we are on the pitch,” he added. “I like to be with Auba. He’s a good guy. I’m not asking the coach or telling him, ‘I want to play with Auba’ or something like that. He knows we can play well together and then afterwards, he makes his decision.”
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