Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed in his press conference yesterday that he has seen ‘a big change’ in Alexandre Lacazette over the last six or seven months.
The Frenchman was heavily criticised last week after he missed a couple of easy chances against Slavia Prague in the Europa League. Laca took it on the chin and bounced back with a brilliant brace to help us win against Sheffield United last night.
The former Lyon man has now scored 15 goals this season in all competitions – more than any other Arsenal player. He has been in fine form in the Premier League for us, and Arteta has claimed that he has noticed a big change in Laca over the last six months.
The Arsenal boss said, as per Arsenal.com: “I don’t know (if Laca’s leadership gets overlooked) but I’ve seen that in the last six or seven months, I’ve seen a big change from him.
“How he’s interacting with people, how he’s communicating with his teammates and the leadership he is taking on the pitch and off the field as well. And that’s really positive.
“He is a player with a huge experience, he has been here long enough to start to develop those qualities and we need those types of characters in the team.”
The Insider’s View:
With Aubameyang and Bellerin no longer first-choice starters, Lacazette has taken over the captain’s armband. He has been a true leader and his performance last night was that of a real skipper.
The likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have claimed in the past that Lacazette has helped them out a lot behind the scenes.
That’s what every experienced player needs to do and if he can consistently deliver on the pitch as well, he is a a huge help to the team. Hopefully, Laca can keep this up until the end of the season.