Arsene Wenger has hinted at the fact that the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund has hurt the confidence of Alexandre Lacazette after the striker missed two big chances in Arsenal’s Premier League derby with Tottenham.
Arsenal fell to a hugely damaging defeat on Saturday as Tottenham emerged victorious in the London derby. Premier League top scorer Harry Kane netted once again as Spurs ran out 1-0 winners, with Aubameyang and Lacazette unable to get on the scoresheet.
The loss means that Tottenham have now opened up a daunting seven-point gap over Arsenal who saw their slim top-four hopes reduced even further.
Arsene Wenger’s men were guilty of letting the game pass them by as they failed to maintain the momentum they had generated after their 5-1 thrashing of Everton in the game before. In that match, the likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang were outstanding, whereas they went missing against their fierce London rivals.
Indeed, one man that has been criticised is striker Lacazette. The player missed two glaring opportunities to bring the Gunners back onto level terms late-on, and this ultimately saw Tottenham stretch their lead in the table.
On Lacazette, the Metro reported that Wenger said: “For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer. He has gone through difficult periods before. He works hard in training, works on his finishing. I don’t know what happened, did he not touch the ball well?”
“It can happen, it is a fraction of a second. Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him”.
Arsenal’s fans will feel that they at last have two world-class strikers at the club with both Lacazette and Aubameyang available to be chosen. However, neither was able to make an impact on the game with the Frenchman’s confidence likely hurt even more by his late misses.