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Lacazette needs to return to the starting line-up

Posted on December 06, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal’s French international forward Alexandre Lacazette was once again the key to the Gunners picking up a result. The forward’s shot on goal took a deflection to give the north London team the lead in a 2-2 draw at Manchester United.

It may not have been a winning goal, but it was another big contribution from the former Lyon star to Unai Emery’s side picking up a result.

Coming off the bench again

I have to admit, I expected Lacazette to start last night’s match against United. However, Gunners boss Emery decided to start with a more cautious approach, which is understandable, as even in poor form the Red Devils are a threat at Old Trafford.

Lacazette came off the bench in the second half and for a second game running, he played a key part in a goal. I am sure the French star would prefer to be starting the games and making an impact for 90 minutes.

Has enjoyed a productive campaign

Lacazette has now scored six goals and provided five assists in the Premier League this season. That is a pretty good return considering he has started just nine top-flight games this season for the Gunners. He has certainly made the most of his substitute appearances too.

Lacazette was productive last season. However, there is a sense he can give the team even more, especially as he has such a good understanding with fellow forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

He must start against Huddersfield

While I have always been an advocate of not changing a team that has delivered a decent result, surely Lacazette deserves to start Saturday’s home game against Huddersfield, a fixture the Gunners are odds of 1/ 4 to win.

That aforementioned relationship with Aubameyang has been the key to Arsenal attacking prowess this season. Instead of being rivals for the central striking spot, as expected when Aubameyang arrived in January, they have become friends.

For me, Arsenal are at their attacking best when the pair are on the pitch. In all fairness to Huddersfield, they are the sort of team that the Gunners should be attacking.

That could mean a change to a strike force of Aubameyang and Lacazette, which just has so much potential for goals. I would be majorly surprised to see Lacazette on the substitute’s bench again this weekend. I hope that he starts against the Terriers and shows what he can do from the start.

Will Alexandre Lacazette start against Huddersfield?

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