William Gallas is worried about Alexandre Lacazette after Arsene Wenger named the Frenchman on the bench for a second Premier League match in a row.
After Saturday’s team news revealed Lacazette would sit on the bench again for the North London derby, Gallas admitted his concerns for the striker on SFR Sport.
“It’s a bit worrying, because you have to know that Lacazette came for €65m,” said Gallas.
“We thought he was going to be an indisputable starter with Arsenal, but now there is Aubameyang. I thought there was going to be a duo (with both players starting together), which is not the case.
“It’s starting to get in his head, because there is the France team to think about. He wants to go to the World Cup.
“But if he does not play, it will be difficult for him.”
I’m not sure about Gallas’ transfer figures, since transfermarkt has Lacazette’s fee at closer to €53m. Still, at the time it was a club record fee, regardless of the specific price. You’d expect that to mean he’d start every game, as the former Arsenal defender says.
Instead, it seems he’s only second choice now, behind Aubameyang. He should start the Europa League games at least, since the Dortmund man is ineligible for those.
Even then, knowing you’re only starting matches through a lack of alternatives isn’t exactly confidence-inspiring.
You could see that lack of confidence on display when Lacazette came on towards the end of the Tottenham game.
He had two chances to at least get a shot on target and couldn’t take advantage of either.
It’s a vicious cycle, because missing chances like those will probably stop Wenger reconsidering his position in the strikers’ pecking order.
Hopefully Lacazette really makes the most of the next two Europa League games and turns his faltering season round.