Arsenal fans returned to the Emirates last night and the atmosphere was brilliant. The presence of the 2000 supporters boosted the Gunners and helped us continue our dominance in the Europa League.
Our performances in Europe have been completely different to that of our displays in the league. We are an attacking force in the Europa League, but we have barely been able to create a couple of chances per game in the Premier League this term.
Mikel Arteta had an easy solution to the issue – Mesut Ozil. The German has been left out of both squads, and that is clearly hurting us. Arsenal fans have noticed that, and one supporter even brought a banner that said ‘Bring back Mesut’.
Ozil is not coming back and it’s time we accept that. Arteta needs to solve our creativity issues without the German, and he might well have found a replacement for the former Real Madrid man yesterday – well, sort of.
Alexandre Lacazette started in a number 10 role and he had one of his best games in an Arsenal shirt. The Frenchman scored a stunner from 25 yards and acted as a brilliant link between the midfield and the attack.
Him dropping deep allowed someone like Ainsley Maitland-Niles to push forward along with the front three, and that made our attack a lot more fluid than it has been in recent games.
Lacazette should start against Tottenham
Lacazette’s display as a number 10 would have given Arteta a few selection headaches. The Frenchman would have likely been a substitute for the game in the Premier League this weekend, but after what he did yesterday, he has to start against Spurs.
Arsenal will not stand a chance against Tottenham if we perform the way we have in our recent league games. Ozil’s creativity in the middle of the park is not an option, and Lacazette might just be the next best thing.
Yes, he doesn’t quite have the vision that Ozil does, and yes, he might not get every through ball right. But, he is a bigger goal threat than the German from distance, and he has to start behind Aubameyang in the derby on Sunday.