France squad a timely boost for Arsenal duo as Man Utd moan

With his two well taken goals in the Premier League this week bringing his Arsenal tally up to a very respectable four goals from just seven appearances, and not all of them from the start, the summer signing from Lyon should be feeling pretty pleased with himself and life at his new club.

We know that strikers thrive on confidence, though, so anything that helps to increase the self-belief of Alexandre Lacazette has to be seen as a good thing from an Arsenal point of view. And if there was any chink in the confidence of the 26-year old it may well have been his international career.

Lacazette has not exactly shone for the France national team as yet, with just a single goal from his 13 caps so far, and despite his free scoring season in Ligue 1 last year he was often overlooked by the manager Didier Deschamps, so Lacazette might have been sweating on his inclusion in the squad for the upcoming international break.

So the news that he has been selected should be a timely boost, especially with the amount of attacking options the France boss has. One of those options is the man United forward Anthony Martial and United fans are fuming that he has been overlooked after a good start to the new season, reports Metro, with many of their keyboard warriors taking to social media to vent their anger at Deschamps.

Olivier Giroud has also made the squad and after his lack of game time for the Gunners so far this will be a boost for the big man as well and will also give him some valuable time on the pitch over the next two weeks. Never mind Martial, you can’t win ’em all.

Sam P.


  1. Wenger says:

    I think Laca just needs game time, he’s barely got that opportunity where he’s a guaranteed starter at Arsenal. There is Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez who is happy to take the striker role. Its actually a huge challenge for him, but what makes me happy is that even before signing for Arsenal, he already knew the competition he’s got at Arsenal and still chose to sign for us (I’m sure it was discussed during negotiations). That says a lot about his character.

    1. I think the 200k per week package had a lot more to do with him signing for us than his character… but hey, am just guessing ☺

    2. GunnerJack says:

      ‘. . . he already knew the competition’. Well that’s exactly why he signed! He knew he had othing to beat, especially with Sanchez leaving! BTW did you see the greed of Walcott against Bate? Twice had chance to pass to better placed team mates but wanted the glory of the hat trick instead. Says he ‘allowed’ Giroud to take the penalty – b*****cks! Hope he never starts in the future against a ‘proper’ team.

  2. dave says:

    I’d rather players stay injury free for Arsenal. Our players have an atrocious record of getting injuries on int duty.

  3. gotanidea says:

    Giroud in France is Deschamp’s favorite, like Ramsey in Arsenal is Wenger’s favorite. Because France play with quick tempo, sometimes they need players that could score with their heads and strong in the air, to break the opponent’s defense.

    In the World Cup 2002, France had world class talents that are equal to the quality they have now. But they were unable to break Senegal’s defense and lost by one goal.

    Sometimes having many skillful attackers in the team is not enough to win, especially if the team plays with fast tempo. That is why Deschamps needs a tall target man like Giroud, accompanied by shorter and more skillful forwards like Mbappe, Dembele and Griezmann.

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