Posted on August 07, 2017 by ADMIN

Lacazette looking ready to kickstart Arsenal title challenge?

I must admit that I was a little concerned about the Arsenal summer signing Alexandre Lacazette in pre-season, as he seemed to be a bit out of touch and perhaps even out of his depth. Our former winger and current coach Robert Pires had suggested that it could take some time for the forward to get used to the move from the French Ligue 1 to the English Premier League and although I could understand that it was not what Arsenal fans wanted to hear as we look to finally reclaim the EPL trophy.

So the last couple of appearances from Lacazette have been very encouraging for the Gunners and whereas I thought previously that Arsene Wenger might ease the new striker into Premier League and first team life with Arsenal, I think we can now expect Lacazette to start the opening game at home to Leicester City on Friday and to quickly show just why the boss broke the club’s transfer record to sign him.

The France international may not have scored against Chelsea yesterday, but it was only the post that denied him a brilliant individual goal that he started from deep and so nearly finished. His touch, movement and link up play was great and a big part of why the Gunners bossed the first period and looked a threat for most of the match.

This was without the creative skills of Ozil behind him as well, so when Wenger is able to field his strongest side with Alexis Sanchez and Ramsey as well, Lacazette looks to me like he is ready to really push us on to a proper title challenge. Do you agree?

Bob.

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27 thoughts on “Lacazette looking ready to kickstart Arsenal title challenge?

    1. gotanidea

      I don’t want a bully like Diego Costa to compliment him, maybe a tall and technical striker like Patrik Schick. Otherwise Sanchez, Welbeck and Iwobi are good enough to work with Lacazette upfront.

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  1. Buteo

    Exited and optimistic! A good result against Leicester and then were off…..
    Lacazette will be a hit

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  2. Nayr

    Lacazette is dangerous.

    i am so sure we will get 25 + goals from him.

    great movement,great finishing

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  3. Simon

    Think Giroud just as good, if very different player

    Gives us great options and flexibility.

    If one did get injured- the other could step in well.

    Not many teams in that position

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  4. Waal2waal

    AS HE WEARS THE ARSENAL#9 SHIRT I WILL RING HIS PRAISE ALL SEASON LONG. HE COULD HAVE DID IT FOR A.MADRID BUT HE CHOSE TO COME TO US AND PLAYING FOR ARSENAL IS A SURE WAY OF IMPROVING YOUR CHANCE OF BEING NOTICED BY YOUR NATIONAL TEAM.

    *Hated by few – loved by many – welcome to afc

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  5. Guneal

    Once he hit the woodwork by curling the ball pass Chelshit impressive back four at that instance I threw every doubts I have over his ability.

    Van pay$lip was the last striker we had that can gracefully curl the ball.

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  6. ruelando

    He is still not up to speed with fitness or his team mates, but he is slowly putting it together, there are a lot of players we could combine with Laca, I actually think Laca plus Giroud could actually be the winner, but let us see.

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  7. Waal2waal

    LACAZETTE MUST HAVE HAD AN UNFORGETABLE INTODUCTION TO PLAYING WORLD GLOBAL LEVEL FOOTBALL. HE HAS COME FROM A CLUB WHERE AVERAGE AWAY ATTENDANCE WERE BARELY 20K TO PLAYING AT STADIA IN SIDNEY 80,000, CHINA BIRDS NEST 90,000+, EMIRATES 60,000, WEMBLEY 90,000. SURELY A MEASURE OF THE PLAYER AND HIS AMBITION HE MUST WAKE UP KNOWING HES HIT THE BIG TIME. ALL THAT REMAINS IS FOR THE FANS TO BACK HIM UNRESERVEDLY AN4 CERTAIN THE GOALS WILL COME.

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  8. ZA_Gunner

    I hope Wenger won’t hinder Lacazette’s progress with old antics like favouritism because I don’t want to see Giroud sharing playing time with him. Lacazette should be our only and main striker come this new season and the team must become familiar playing with him. Lacazette is just more complete in terms of passing interplay, dribbling and pace as apposed to Giroud whose main advantage is his height and reach. They both are clinical and have an eye for goal so that cancel out.

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    1. gotanidea

      Lacazette could be more threatening if he plays behind Giroud. Giroud could use his height, strength and his connection with his fellow French forward, to help each other with their own abilities.

      Together, they can form a formidable tridente with Sanchez upfront. Think of something like Messi-Neymar-Suarez or Ronaldo-Benzema-Bale, but in different form.

      When this trio play together upfront, they could confuse the opponents. Because each forward has his own unique set of abilities.

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      1. Waal2waal

        provided giroud remains plan-b option im glad but make no mistake, lacazette was not brought in as a foil for giroud. hes regarded as a faster more clinical finisher able to spearhead our rapid attack

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        1. Arsenal_Girl

          Definitely
          Giroud will be an excellent Supersub. Giroud would be a starter in most Premier League teams but we got Lacazette because he is better.

          Lacazette’s faster than Giroud
          Lacazette’s finishing is more clinical
          He is a poacher with good dribbling too

          It would be silly of Wenger to play Giroud ahead of him. Also, Lacazette needs plenty of game time to get into his scoring mode. I expect him to have a slow start. That’s reasonable being in a new league but I’m sure once he gets scoring he will continue scoring.

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  9. Neil

    We will only truly tell how good he is in a month or two.. thats because the key to his success I beleive will be playing with Ozil behind him and Sanchez alongside or behind him also.

    Exciting to see how they play together!

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  10. Jack reacher

    Ya when Sanchez comes in with lacasette it very promising anyone think morata plays but like Torres when at Chelsea haha very early but very like Torres yet we get lacasette half snif he hit post there’s goals there for u my son just be patient.

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  11. Peter

    I think with a lot of game time, he’ll do great. We don’t need more additional to the squad. Iwobi looks like a better player

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  12. Viera Lyn

    In order for the Lacazette experiment to succeed several things need to occur, many of which will require Wenger to act in a very unlike Wenger fashion…firstly, Wenger has to commit to Lacazette as the number 1 striking option, which could prove difficult considering the way in which he has approached that position since RVP’s departure…remember that Lacazette has only been here for a cup of coffee and yet he has already played out on the left…I’m truly worried that upon further reflection the club won’t be able to resist an increased offer, under the guise that the work environment is increasingly untenable, and Sanchez will find himself elsewhere come September(I pray not though); if that were to happen I fear that Lacazette will be played along side Giroud

    No matter how you slice it, you can’t run an uptempo offence with Giroud on the pitch and that means sideways soccer and an over-reliance on crosses into the box, thereby negating many of the very reasons Lacazette was on your radar in the first place…we simply aren’t clinical enough from wide positions to continue with that approach, which is why many fans have been clamoring for a viable alternative to Giroud for several years…once again this isn’t an attack on Giroud, he clearly has some tangible skills, but his mere presence on the pitch greatly impacts your tactical options…Giroud’s weaknesses are simply highlighted by the way in which our offence now moves in a more horizontal than vertical manner, which allows most teams ample time to regroup defensively before a scoring opportunity even arises…a player of Ibra’s or Benzema’s ilk would have been far more effective as they had size, speed and the first touch capabilities required to for intricate link-up play…once again square peg in a round hole

    Secondly, Wenger needs to become far more flexible when it comes to his formation selections…remember this is the same individual that hadn’t used a 3-back system for 20 years and only conceded to the experiment when the proverbial shit hit the fan…you know it killed him to adopt “Conte’s” system, which is probably why he resisted so long; in fact his stubbornness to adjust even earlier might have cost us the 4 hole…much like most sports that have tactical formations, every team should have a “base” offensive and defensive scheme, but they likewise need to have some inherent flexibility depending on the opposing teams tactics and/or when specific substitutions are made…how many times have you watched a Wenger-run team make a late substitution but not change their shape on the pitch…furthermore, how many times have you seen our team fail to make the necessary adjustments at halftime due to Wenger’s tactical stubbronness, which often led to giving up goals in the early minutes of the second-half…the best teams in the world know how to make halftime adjustments whereas we always seem to be surprised when the opposing team throws a wrinkle into the mix following halftime…this my friend is soccer 101

    Finally, if Wenger really cares that Arsenal go to the next level with Lacazette in the striker’s role he will need to surround him with the proper kinds of players, those who compliment his skills and give him a legitimate chance to lead the line…if they can spread the opposing teams back line with Sanchez on the left and someone of consequence on the right(must purchase this individual), this would likely create some space for Ozil in the middle of the pitch…having 3 players who can not only create their own opportunities, but provide assists and make well-timed runs, could bring some much-needed directness back into our ticky-tack approach of late…unfortunately instead of making the tough decisions and spending the supporters money in the right places, we instead have wasted so much time bashing our heads against the same brick wall over and over again and expecting different results..just think of the lineup we could have had if our management team had any foresight and changed their fiscal policies when they promised we could compete with any team in the world…instead we are a team that sells it’s stars, let’s it’s top players rundown their contracts and doesn’t properly produce and/or develop their young talent…remember when we played Bayern last year we had a higher weekly wage bill and yet they had Lewandowski, Vidal, Mueller, Ribery, Neuer, Lahm, Alonso among others in their lineup…if that doesn’t open your eyes to the utter failure of those making soccer decsions, nothing will

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    1. Abel

      Try to keep your comments short so people don’t lose interest.
      No point having a comment that is twice as long as the article you’re commenting on.

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    2. Georgy

      You can play with only 11 players;so putting those 3 at front plus Ozil in the middle(also in attacking mode) you would have to reduce the midfield to only one exceptional defensive player something that we do not have.

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  13. GB

    A tap in and a rebound off the post. Not much else so far. Not convinced yet. #letswaitandsee

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  14. ZA_Gunner

    I would love to see Iwobi given the chance to play in central midfield more often, his composure and ability to navigate tight spaces is so remarkable for someone his age. I don’t believe he and Ozil will be good playing together because both players likes to operate in the attacking half and roam into space. My concern is as long as Ozil is around he will find little opportunity, and I don’t think he should be playing as a winger because of his natural ability to dribble with his ball at his feet. He needs to be more cutting edge and play more with freedom (like Sanchez), only then I think he will be in the regular starting line-up and perhaps become crucial to this team’s success.

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  15. Ronny

    He’ll start scoring soon but I often think with a striker to really get going it can take half to a full season.
    You think he’s come to a new country and different league. He then visits 19 different stadiums and comes up against different tactics and players at each one. It’s only after he starts to fully understand his oppositions weaknesses and strengths that he can really be prolific. Hopefully he gets going before the opposition defenders also suss him out.
    What I like is what I’ve seen so far his movement is unpredictable and varied and he reads the game and players around him very well.
    Good luck Laca Laca boom!!

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  16. Deji Obe

    Mere looking at his movements in and around the box alone is enough to know he will score goals plenty.

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