Is Lacazette’s role at Arsenal under-rated?

Alexandre Lacazette is being linked with a move to Atletico Madrid this summer, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta supposedly open to his departure, but is his role in the squad being overlooked?

There is a lot of talk about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future, and the resounding view of supporters is that the goals of the 30 year-old simply cannot be replaced, but maybe Lacazette is also a crucial part of the puzzle needed to help us to close on the top of the table.

Many of the Gabon international’s goals have come from the wing, with Lacazette playing through the middle, and the Frenchman’s part in playing alongside Aubz doesn’t get enough credit.

Former Bacary Sagna believes that the Frenchman plays an important role in the side, despite not always getting the praise he deserves.

“Laca is vital. He is the type of player who gives everything for the team,” Sagna insisted.

“Of course you always see the one scoring the goals, like Aubameyang – who is a goalscoring machine – but the amount of work Laca puts in is amazing.

“The way he holds the ball, the way he fights for the ball, the way he presses the defence.

“This is invisible work that not everyone will see. But for Arsenal’s system and the way they want to play, he is amazing.

“He can score many goals, in front of the goal he is clinical. But most of the time he has his back to the goal.

“When he receives the ball, he is trying to protect and defend the ball for other players.”

Laca has netted in three of his last four outings for our side, with his form this term broken up by injuries, but he most definitely could profit largely from the new system which Arteta is putting together.

I know it easy to choose Lacazette to go if Aubameyang is the only other option, but maybe the Frenchman’s role could be as important to us going forward as Roberto Firminho’s at Liverpool.

Does the Frenchman not get enough credit for his role on and off the ball? Could Aubameyang suffer from the sale of Laca?


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  1. Laca is a great striker no question about that? It’s just that he was out of form for quite a while his hold up play and first touch were absimal to say the list. If and when play resumes he comes out a player we all used to see,we have never underrated him

  2. Sure, i truly believe he is underated player.
    He is good on the ball, technically gifted and a hard tryer on pressing and defensively.
    Lately like everybody up the pitch like ozil and Auba they are all wetting their shirts on defensive duty but once this will become a second instinct to them, their football will definitely improve.
    Hats off still

  3. Laca is not vital anymore, because he’s our 3rd choice striker behind Martinelli and Auba. Definitely shouldn’t give him a pay raise.

  4. Lacazette didn’t play in 3 or 4 games, then he turns not to be a good player to most of Arsenal fans. Its like Maitland-Niles. This hate for Lacazette and Maitland-Niles is unjustifiable. Some players dont do well for years, but they are still considered the ‘kings of assists’. Players are not equally judged by Arsenal fans.
    Thise darlings of Arsenal are pampered with velvet gloves. Its unfair on other players who trying their best. Not those who are trolling the pitch but rewarded with exorbitant wages

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