Arsenal star striker Alexandre Lacazette has no plans to confront Arsene Wenger about his place in the team despite the fact he has been left on the bench for games against Liverpool and Manchester City this season.
Arsenal’s Premier League campaign was left in tatters after they were soundly beaten by Manchester City in a 3-1 win.
The defeat means they are now 12 points shy of Manchester City at the top, three short of fourth-placed Chelsea, and they have also slipped to sixth-place following Liverpool’s win over West Ham.
The game was marred by Arsene Wenger’s comments about Raheem Sterling, as he accused the winger of diving, while there was further controversy, as David Silva was not flagged despite being offside as he supplied the cross for Gabriel Jesus’ goal, which killed the game off as a contest.
Despite City having the majority of the ball and chances, they struggled to find the back of the net, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus proving enough.
Arsenal could only reply through subsistute Alexandre Lacazette, who drilled the ball beneath City goalkeeper Ederson. The goal, along with his performance had many questioning why Wenger did not start him, instead choosing to utilise Alexis Sanchez up front instead.
While many have made their views on Lacazette not starting vocal, his agent David Venditelli told SFR Sport: “It’s not worrying, because he played at Chelsea. Our way of working is to make things relative: 11 matches, nine starts”.
“Of course, it’s not nice to see that he didn’t start that match, but it was – as Arsene Wenger explained – for tactical reasons
“When you’re outside the club, I can understand the questions. I understand, but I think Alex isn’t complaining about his playing time, even if he would prefer to start games like those against City or Liverpool”.
“But he talks to the manager, the staff – there’s no problem. You can’t, every time your player doesn’t play, even if it’s Alexandre Lacazette, knock on the door or pick up the phone and talk to the manager. No, no, it’s not time yet. Everything is fine”.
Lacazette is clearly a very gifted striker, but like all players, there will come a time when the manager believes that a change in formation or tactics will benefit them in a certain game.
This obviously meant that Wenger felt Arsenal were best to start with Sanchez up front, but Lacazette did his chances of starting the next big game no disservice with his fine finish and performance.