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Arsene Wenger should build attack around Alexandre Lacazette

canada goose uk shop Arsenal’s muddled and largely unremarkable start to the Premier League season was neatly encapsulated by the defeat at Manchester City before the most recent international break. canada goose uk shop

Canada Goose sale Though some highly questionable officiating contributed to City’s 10th win in 11 games, the result felt an inevitable one from the moment Arsene Wenger settled upon one of the more bizarre canada goose outlet mall line ups of his 21 year tenure. Canada Goose sale

While the left field decision to select Francis Coquelin as an emergency centre half was, to a degree, forced upon Wenger due to injuries and a desire to persist with a 3 4 3 formation which has never totally convinced, relegating Alexandre Lacazette to the bench was senseless and bordered on total negligence.

canada goose store The club’s record striker instantly made a mockery of the selection, scoring nine minutes after coming canada goose outlet store uk on a second half substitute, briefly hauling Arsenal back into a previously one sided contest with the sort of deadly finish that has become his well earned trademark on the back of over a century of goals for Lyon. canada goose store

Arsenal were never likely to reproduce the sort of defensive shutout that helped them record their only victory at the Etihad Stadium in their six most recent attempts back in 2015, but dropping canada goose outlet store quebec Lacazette and deploying Alexis Sanchez in a position he hadn’t played in since the end of April smacked of a manager attempting to find a solution to a problem that did not exist.

canada goose coats Only a fortnight earlier at Everton, Arsenal had given their most convincing performance of the campaign, effectively ending Ronaldo Koeman’s tenure canada goose jacket outlet toronto at Goodison Park as Lacazette, Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, belatedly starting together for the first time, took it turns to torment their opponents on the way to 5 2 win. canada goose coats

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‘No, not at all. I have a big choice to make every time, decisions to make up front. He has played many games. He did not play away from home at City, that’s the only one, and overall I trust him,’ said Wenger when asked if he did not trust Lacazette to star the biggest games, forgetting he had also axed his record purchase from the side which started against Liverpool back in September.

Saturday’s meeting with Spurs at a tetchy and feisty Emirates Stadium will represent an equally testing environment, but Lacazette needs holding back no longer and protecting him from one of the meanest defences in the league would only heighten the suspicion, however unfounded, that he does not retain Wenger’s total trust.

Comparisons with the two marquee summer arrivals at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge were inevitable and will probably persist all season long. Although he has been outscored by Romelu Lukaku, Lacazette’s all round game hasn’t been questioned to the extent the Belgian’s has, while Alvaro Morata has only two more goals in the bank, a tally padded out by a hat trick versus a Stoke side against whom Lacazette had thumping half volley wrongly canada goose vest outlet chalked off.

Canada Goose Parka In a purely Arsenal context, with six goals in his first 12 appearances Lacazette has made a more prolific start to his Gunners career than the likes of Henry, Robin van Persie, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski. Canada Goose Parka

Canada Goose Jackets True, both Van Persie and Henry were much younger and https://www.thomas-sz.com not the pure goalscorers they would morph into when they joined, while Giroud and Podolski were under immediate pressure to make up for the void left by the Duthman’s defection to Manchester United. Still, you have to go back to 1999 and Davor Suker to find canada goose outlet a striker who can match Lacazette’s goal ratio after his first dozen games for the club. Canada Goose Jackets

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canada goose uk outlet ‘Lacazette I feel is a fantastic signing if you’re going to play him then play him continuously,’ said Ian Wright earlier this week. canada goose uk outlet

‘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 canada goose jacket outlet sale 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 canada goose factory outlet vancouver been missing for many years.’

That assessment is perhaps a little harsh on Olivier Giroud who scored his 100th goal for the club earlier this season and is more than the lumbering target man he has often been unfairly portrayed as being.

Certainly, however, Lacazette has already displayed enough to suggest he is a significant long term upgrade and Saturday would represent the ideal time to underline his status as an automatic starter.

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