According to Arsenal legend Ian Wright, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger must show faith in French striker Alexandre Lacazette this weekend in the north London derby against Tottenham.
The 26-year-old joined the Gunners from Lyon in a club-record deal that cost the north London club £52million. The striker has made a bright start to life in England, scoring seven times in 12 appearances.
However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has decided to bench the forward in games at both Liverpool and Manchester City. Lacazette came off the bench to score against City and surely has to start in the derby.
Wrighty believes so and told the Premier League’s official website: ‘Lacazette I feel is a fantastic signing if you’re going to play him then play him continuously.
‘If I had him in my squad he would start literally every game. he takes half chances, he finishes well with both feet and I think now he is ready to be let loose. ‘The more he plays, the more consistently he plays for the duration of games the more goals he is going to score. ‘He’s that predator in the box Arsenal have been missing for many years.’
Lacazette is the striker Arsenal have needed
The strange thing about Wenger leaving Lacazette out of the big games is that the French international is the striker Arsenal have needed for years. Why then drop him for big games like at Anfield and the Etihad Stadium.
I am with Mr Wright on this one. He has to start the derby. The one difference with this game is that it is at home. That means that Wenger may be less cautious than at rival’s grounds where they need to be more compact.
Arsenal’s attack can cause Tottenham problems
Arsenal’s first-choice front three of Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have not played together much since the summer arrival of Lacazette. However, they can cause opposition defences major problems.
Tottenham have one or two injury worries at the back. Arsenal can take advantage of that if they are at their sharpest. For me, there is no doubt about it Alexandre Lacazette should start this weekend. I can understand Wenger’s cautious approach in tough away games.
However, Arsenal should not be cautious on home soil, especially against their local rivals in a derby match. Wenger should play his strongest team and go out to win the game, which means picking Lacazette up front.
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