Opinion – Alexandre Lacazette on the verge of becoming the latest Arsenal scapegoat

Alexandre Lacazette has messed up it seems, well, if what the media are reporting is actually true but I am sensing a hysteria building that is unnecessary yet convenient.

Lacazette has not had the best of seasons but to deny that he is a top striker is being seriously disingenuous. He is a quality attacker that has performed below his own high standards and I get the feeling that some people, both in the media and among us Gooners, have been waiting for the moment that they can pile on him with vigour.

You see, there are very few Arsenal players that have had a great season and anyone singling out Lacazette will be met with what about Granit Xhaka? What about Nicolas Pepe? What about Mesut Ozil?

That line cannot really be used now because Lacazette detractors will just come back with, none of those players got caught inhaling balloons, this is now bigger than on-field performances.

But is it really?

If Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had done the same thing would there be such a pile on occurring? I do not think so.

If Lacazette was the clubs’ top scorer or assist maker would there be so many people looking to put the boot in? No, not in my opinion.

For me, Lacazette is starting to look like the latest scapegoat in the making. Shkodran Mustafi has picked his game up and is no longer the fans favourite punching bag, Granit Xhaka has sort of rehabilitated himself, Mesut Ozil is immune to it all regardless of how he performs, even David Luiz is no longer seen as a clown by many and that just leaves the door wide open for the hysterical ones to now target Lacazette.

I have this horrible feeling that if we hound him out the club we will regret it and while what he has allegedly done needs to be handled, he should not be made a convenient scapegoat. He simply does not deserve that.

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  1. Robert Acedius says:

    Why scapegoat? Why not xxxcensoredxxx? A 28 year old child.

  2. jon fox says:

    Dictionary definition of “scapegoat”(leaving aside the Biblical reference) is one made to bear blame which is due to another! Don’t see how anyone else can be thought to blame for Laca’s OWN CHOSEN FREE DECISION to use hippy crack over an extended period! And then proceed to publish it in texts! HOW THICK CAN YOU BE!

    I would call LACA an immature, irresponsible idiot and NOT therefore, a scapegoat. Of course if you care nothing for the TRUE meaning of words, then go ahead. Personally, I DO CARE. Because it avoids misunderstandings and arguments at cross purposes.

  3. Sue says:

    This has nowt to do with his season, he was stupid enough to inhale that crap and film it, he needs to face the consequences… it’s really disappointing…. and I’d be saying exactly the same if it was Kolasinac, Ozil, the whole bleedin’ lot of them.

    1. Robert Acedius says:

      Didn’t Ozil do it in 2018? By the way, the word I censored was just “idiot”. Thank’s, Jon.

      1. Sue says:

        I think most of the team did it at that party, Robert…

        1. Robert Acedius says:

          Young innocent boys shouldn’t go to that kind of parties, where they can meet dangerous women with big balloons… Am I nasty now? Sorry, mam.

  4. SueP says:

    I would not describe him as a scapegoat.

    This was all of his own doing and had nothing to do with his weaker season – unless his off field behaviour was indeed a factor. It wasn’t a first offence either.

    Saka and Martinelli should be censured in exactly the same way if they did something similar and it shouldn’t have anything to do with performance on the pitch.

  5. Top Gunner says:

    He didn’t have a good season, but some players has not been performing well for more than 3yrs. Those who have not been performing well, are regarded as Artisans’ great players. There is true hate of Lacazette, Gouendouzi and Maitland-Niles

  6. Roachie says:

    Paid iro £200k a week to sit on his arse and inhale sht. And then be stupid enough to send pics to his mates to look cool…….

    1. Robert Acedius says:

      Great. But what an arse!

  7. BellendBob says:

    As far as I am concerned he has to go. I acknowledge that he is a good player and we could definitely use him, but he should know better and he should be acting like a role model for the younger players.

    This is not the first time and it just shows a serious lapse in judgment so what would make us think that it’s not going to happen again?

    I would rather just cut the cord now and use the money on another striker, because I don’t want him teaching his antics to our young talent.

    Besides Arteta has to show the team that this is completely unacceptable behaviour.

    1. Sue says:

      Nice name 😄👍

  8. Shakir says:

    Does any player deserve to be a scapegoat?I dont think so…
    Its a team game and needs collective responsibility

  9. Quantic Dream says:

    The only true scapegoat we have ever had at this club was Giroud. Even when he wasn’t scoring, he would give 100% effort, assists, pre-assits and pre-pre-assists, hold-up play, his physicality and aerial domination were a major asset. He, therefore, at least in my opinion, did not deserve as much blame as he got. As for Laca well, he’s been a liability the whole season and should be correctly blamed for a lot of our problems.

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