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'Rest assured about that': Dixon says there's no way Arteta will drop 'phenomenal' star now

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Arsenal legend Lee Dixon believes Alexandre Lacazette is a guaranteed starter now thanks to his brilliant performance last night.

The Frenchman was handed his first start of the season against Aston Villa yesterday. He played just off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front, and he was absolutely brilliant, especially in the first half.

Seeing Laca play as he did last night makes you wonder why he has spent most of his time on the bench so far this season. However, Dixon is certain that Mikel Arteta will not drop him next time out.

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Lee Dixon: Arteta will not drop Lacazette now

The former Arsenal defender said on BBC Radio 5 Live (Friday, 09:30 pm): “He (Lacazette) has brought an energy to the game again.

“He played in that little number 10 position in the first half and he has driven this team every time they got the ball. He’s been a part of the attack, as you said, he hasn’t scored, (but) he has been involved in everything.

“He has had a good game and he will be playing next time out, rest assured about that.”

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What next for Arsenal?

Arsenal face Leeds United in the next round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. The Gunners have looked impressive in the competition so far and Arteta would love to go all the way to Wembley.

It is unlikely that Lacazette will start again considering that a number of fringe players will be hoping for a chance in that game. However, it won’t be a surprise to see Arteta give him a run again, especially after how good he was last night.

The Arsenal boss labelled Laca as ‘phenomenal‘ not too long ago. That is a very accurate description of a player who gives his all every time he steps onto the pitch, even though he probably knows he won’t be given a new contract.

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