The French forward is still finding it difficult to finish 90 minutes and the Arsenal legend has a message for Unai Emery.
Arsenal’s recent form has created different opinion amongst fans about Unai Emery. The thrashing at Liverpool, the Ozil saga and the substitution of Lacazette has created splitting opinion amongst Arsenal fans. In the recent game against Fulham, Lacazette was substituted and it received a massive boo from fans. Arsenal legend Robert Pires has a message for Unai Emery about Lacazette.
Arsenal legend Robert Pires has questioned Unai Emery’s handling of Alexandre Lacazette and insists the Frenchman ‘has to play’. Lacazette has started 13 of Arsenal’s 20 league matches this term and completed 90 minutes in just seven of his appearances. Emery has favoured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a central. Arsenal fans booed the Spaniard’s decision to take the Frenchman off in their 4-1 win against Fulham. Pires insists Lacazette has to start when available and says the striker is a perfect fit for the Gunners. The Frenchman said:
“He is a good point of support & his performances are always good. The good thing with Alex is he never seems in doubt. He knows his strengths & qualities. Also, he completely matches our game. If he is always available, he has to play. Its simple.”
Ex-Gunner Robert Pires urges Emery to play Lacazette more: 'If he is always available, he has to play'https://t.co/eOj1fqvaju
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Unai Emery hit back at supporters for booing his decision to substitute Lacazette, insisting he has to make difficult decisions. He said:
“I understand the supporters but I need to do my work. Tactically in this moment [midway through the second half] we are thinking to change to get more balance. We know very well that Seri is coming and we need to have one more player closer to him, not to let him play with the ball easily and I think when Ramsey is on the pitch he can do that but also help us in the attacking moment.”
It may seem frustrating to see Lacazette to not play 90 minutes but Unai is right. Arsenal have a porous defense and if they want to win matches then a clean sheets and conceding less goals is important. With key defenders out, Unai is not confident about it’s defense and bringing a player who can track back and defend is important for Arsenal at this moment.