Arsene Wenger has claimed that Alexandre Lacazette’s misses against Tottenham Hotspur were down to a lack of confidence, stemming from Arsenal’s signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The French striker arrived as a £52 Million club record signing last summer, but has already found himself warming the bench, thanks to the club’s new record transfer arrival in Aubameyang.
The former Dortmund striker joined last month in a bumper £55-60 Million deal, and marked his debut with a goal against Everton last week, and was kept in the starting line-up to take on Spurs this weekend.
Aubameyang was largely disappointing, and found himself being partnered by Lacazette in the final 10 minutes of the match, and the sub earned himself some good goalscoring opportunities, but unfortunately lost his composure and failed to keep them on target.
The Former Lyon star is claimed to be lacking confidence, and manager Arsene Wenger insists that he is at a new low due to the arrival of his counterpart.
He said: ‘For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer.
‘He has gone through difficult periods before. He works hard in training, works on his finishing. I don’t know what happened, did he not touch the ball well?
‘It can happen, it is a fraction of a second. Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him.’
Wenger moved onto praise the performance of AL, insisting that he will get back into contention and score goals.
He added: ‘He created two chances today. That is a quality as well. He will score goals. He is a goalscorer, he scored goals in his whole career. He will score again.’
Is Lacazette seriously lacking confidence? Would he usually have put the ball in the back of the net?