In a rather strange move, Arsenal and France striker Alexandre Lacazette has taken a dig at Premier League crowds, stating that he missed the Ligue One crowds, as they were better than their English counterparts.
The striker is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “I miss Ligue 1’s atmosphere. In England, the fans are more spectators than supporters. There’s a better atmosphere in French stadiums.”
Players quoted during the international break
It seems to be the fashion for foreign footballers to speak to their home media while on international duty. The Belgian media seem to love creating a story out of their national team players, with Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku both quoted about their futures in the current international break.
However, Lacazette was not on international duty, as the 27-year-old cannot break into Didier Deschamps France squad, despite a decent start to the campaign with the Gunners.
Lacazette has caused a slightly negative reaction by decrying the atmospheres in English grounds. No doubt he will say he was misquoted and that is not what he really said.
Arsenal fans accused of being quiet
Arsenal fans have in the past been accused of being a quiet bunch at games. I always remember the old insult about Highbury being nicknamed the library by certain away fans and Tottenham fans no doubt.
English football grounds have lost some of their noise in recent years, with tight grounds becoming sprawling stadia, which means the fans are further away from the action than they used to be.
The Emirates Stadium is one of the impressive, if not as atmospheric stadiums in the Premier League. I would argue that Highbury had a better atmosphere than its replacement, even if the Emirates is more modern and has better facilities.
Lacazette should concentrate on playing football
Lacazette has made a decent start to the new campaign, so instead of worrying about atmospheres in Premier League grounds he should strive to continue his good form on the pitch.
I am not sure what the forward thought he had to gain by talking about matters other than football. He is just starting to impress for the Gunners and convince fans that he can be the team’s first choice striker.
Hopefully, he can continue in his rich vein of form and this will teach him a lesson for the future about his media interaction.
Are Premier League grounds atmospheric?