Lacazette “not surprised” by Arteta’s success at Arsenal

I’m sure there are a few Arsenal haters who are still perplexed as to how Arsenal has suddenly become so successful this season. But if there is one individual who isn’t surprised by Arsenal’s success this season, it’s Alexander Lacazette.

The ex-Arsenal star was full of praise for his former club during the Lyon vs. PSG pre-match news conference. About Arsenal, the 31-year-old said (as quoted by Foot Mercato), “Arsenal? I’m not surprised. I worked with the coach (Mikel Arteta). I know how he works, and I’m not surprised by the club’s success, and I’m happy for my teammates there.”

Hearing Lacazette’s comments, we’re reminded of how potent Arsenal’s offence has been this season. We’d be fourth or fifth if Lacazette was still at Arsenal. Gabriel Jesus is the player who, when he plays, has taken Arsenal to the next level and inspired us to dream higher.

Anyway, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Laczette wasn’t excellent; he just wasn’t suited to Arteta’s style of play. Anyway, hats off to him; he’s been a Ligue 1 standout this season, with 17 goals in 25 games. It is not said much, but Gabriel Jesus has truly been an upgrade over the strikers (Aubameyang and Lacazette) Arteta had to rely on; even Nketiah and Trossard have been excellent when leading the line.

Arsenal continued their winning streak with a 4-1 victory over Leeds; they now have nine games left before finding out if they are champions or not.


Daniel O

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  1. I disagree – I think lacazette was well suited to our style of play. At his best he was a good presser with a good touch who could bring others into play. Even at his best though, he was never as good as Jesus and was never a good enough finisher to compensate, but mainly I think wear and tear had started to take effect over the past 2 or 3 years. He couldn’t run out move in the way he could in his younger days.
    I will say though, this man deserves a lot more respect. Two seasons in a row he started as a sub for the first half of the season, and both seasons we were dreadful until he was brought back into the side. He wasn’t always pretty on the eye in those times, but he was effective, and it really kept us going during arteta’s building process. If we’d not had him as an alternative to auba during that time, I honestly think there’s a decent chance arteta could have been forced out and we’d never have seen his vision come to fruition.

      1. I love that he said my “teammates” at Arsenal!
        Holding recently said that he was still in touch with Laca.he also warned about the grass not always being greener ….and how lucky players should feel to be at such a club.

  2. The only problem I had with Laca was that he, Ozil Pepe and Auba had a clique of thinking that they were untouchable. And started to undermine other players, and did not want to play for Arteta.

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