Can Lacazette prove his worth to Arsenal on Thursday?

Alexandre Lacazette arrived at Arsenal last summer with a massive goalscoring reputation in France, but Arsene Wenger did not seem to have placed his trust in the prolific Frenchman and the hitman rarely stayed on the pitch for more than 70 minutes at a time and the goals dried up.

His confidence took an even bigger hit when the Gunners brought in Aubameyang in January and Lacazette was relegated to the bench, but with the Gabon international disqualified from playing in the Europa League, Lacazette will get some more chances to prove that he has finally settled into London and the first team squad.

He has had to sit on the sidelines and watch Aubameyang bang in the goals, and the ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard hopes that Lacazette has learned from watching his replacement in action. “Alexandre Lacazette has been handed a big challenge at Arsenal by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and now he must rise to it,” Lampard said. “I have watched a lot of Lacazette this season and so far he hasn’t done enough for me as a striker. I just don’t understand why he is not testing the backline all the time by running in behind.

“He is quick enough and has come to the Premier League from Lyon with a goal-scoring pedigree.

“But his body language has just not looked right at times. He looks like a player who doesn’t want to make those kind of runs. It is strange because Arsenal have the players that slip balls through.

“Aubameyang is already taking advantage of that – he knows running into the box is where you get your chances.

“Now is the time Lacazette has to cut out everything going on outside. He is a bit hurt that the club have gone out and spent money in January on Aubameyang but it’s still all there for him.

“Aubameyang is cup-tied in the Europa League so he knows there is a great chance to start every game.

“Arsenal will need him if they get past CSKA Moscow as expected on Thursday and then play teams like Atletico Madrid or Lazio in the last four. Strikers make the difference in these kind of games.

“There is even more scrutiny on him. If he can show he can react, then there’s nothing wrong with Arsenal having two top strikers in the squad, whether they play together or are rotated.”

He is certain to start on Thursday against CSKA Moscow after getting a couple of run outs under his belt, and now that we have lost Henrik Mhkitaryan to injury as well he will likely be partnered by Danny Welbeck up front. Lacazette needs to outperform the Englishman as well or he may find himself dropping even further down the pecking order. Will he rise to the occasion at last?


  1. Nayr says:

    alone LACAZETTE cannot win us the europa league.
    fortunately for us here comes welbeck hitting form just when mkhitaryan is out.

    and ofcourse the main man AARON RAMBO RAMSEY will chip in with the goals.

    WELBECK AND AARON RAMSEY are the two players who can deliver the europa league.
    big game players.score crucial goals.fa cups semis,fa cup finals.

    WELBECK + RAMSEY=big game players.disliked by many fans
    WILSHERE + OZIL= loved by fans.disapper every time.utterly useless in crucial moments.

    to answer your question.
    NO.lacazette will not step up and win us the europa league.
    AARON RAMBO RAMSEY will.score the winner against athletico madrid.

    1. sanmi.marvellous says:

      Don’t underestimate Lacazette. He may rise up in semis and finals with goals. And before you know it, he becomes hero.

    2. Phil says:

      You are basically saying that Welbeck will be preferred to Mkhitaryan when Mikki recovers from injury.This will not happen I can assure you.Danny is a bit part squad member at The Emirates.When first brought to the club he was preferred ahead of Giroud and Walcott.He simply did not score the goals to prevent the Club buying Lacazette and then PEA.He is pretty much down the pecking order and will never be a first choice at this club.

  2. X says:

    Very unnecessary Post. Why not watch and see for yourself

  3. jon fox says:

    I look at Man City and see speed, mobility and chance takers right across their attack. We have two of these type players in Auba and Lacazette. Both should start in a front three in most PREM games , EXCEPT WHEN NEAR EUROPA GAMES, WHEN WE CAN REST LACA AND PLAY WELBECK. But Welbeck is way, way, below their class and it is fooling ourselves to pretend otherwise. Likeability, guts and workrate are laudable but on their own , NOWHERE NEAR ENOUGH!

  4. RSH says:

    Elneny RC overturned, good news in terms of rotation if we go further in Europa.

    1. Darn it! I was hoping not to see Mr. Back-pass at least for the next 3 games..

      1. Nay Sayer says:

        Elneny has been decent recently.

        Also, with Coq gone, he’s our only DM with any experience.

      2. RSH says:

        haha thats why i only said good in terms of rotations. Pick your poison backpass king Elneny, or overall disaster Xhaka?

  5. Midkemma says:

    I want to see them play in the starting lineup together.

    It is a shame Mkhi is out but it gives us the chance to see an attack of;


    I know Welbroke done well but I have no faith that he can be consistent…
    Nelson could thrive on whipping balls into the box from the byline, Laca is a poacher and Auba has great anticipation to arrive at just the right time, just like his goal he got from a Welbz flick on.

    1. .Innit says:

      Auba is cup tied

  6. Sue says:

    I like Lacca, so yes I reckon he’ll do alright on Thursday COYG

    1. Nay Sayer says:

      6th or 7th best player in the Prem when it comes to chances converted this year.

      His main problem was Sanchez playing for himself and Ozil always searching for the left winger or left back instead of CF.

      1. Sue says:

        He’s also our top scorer

        1. Ozziegunner says:

          Exactly right Sue and Frank Lampard has totally ignored the fact that Lacazette had been playing with a knee injury, which as well as restricting his performance (“running in behind defenses”), may account for the lack of minutes under Wenger.
          Lacazette’s performances since recovering from his knee operation have been good. Class always shows and I am looking forward to the future development of Arsenal’s strike force; now for the DM and defense!

          1. Sue says:

            I reckon once we sort those out we’ll be back up there! The future is looking bright Ozzie ?

  7. ks-gunner says:

    His bodey language? Well i see him many times calling for a pass being ingored, running behind again to start a new attack, only to be let down again. I would be kinda annoyed as well.

    We have to many players who want the same thing. This team has no discipline at times. The manager needs to drill the players to do what they are supposed to do. We dont need to many Ramseys running up front when we have already strikers up front waiting to receive the ball. Get me?

    Priorities must be met to succeed. Favorisem gets you only that far as being comfortable in the 6th place.

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      ks-gunner, excellent comment.

  8. #Yo Iwobi - you wanna go away from here? says:

    Iwobi to the rescue

  9. Lol…City robbed a goal.

    1. Sue says:

      Should have had a penalty

    2. Nay Sayer says:

      It’s all fixed.

      The Old Money doesn’t want New Money winning the CL.

      Has happened to Chelsea and PSG before. Agree with Chelsea’s shysters getting screwed, though. It’s the least that disgusting scumbag Abrahamovich deserves.

  10. I am happy you are not the manager of this club.
    You still not convinced that Laca is class

  11. We have a chance to have two very good strikers but you guys trying to put one s confidence down . lol

  12. Goonerboy says:

    Now Barcalona is also out, can Liverpool win the CL?
    God forbid!

    1. GB says:

      Yes they will

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