Arsene Wenger claims Alexandre Lacazette’s confidence MIGHT be in the toilet because Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, and fans have hit the roof.
I can’t help but feel for Lacazette.
The 26-year-old came to north London from Lyon for £52m in the summer and was probably sold the dream of becoming Arsenal’s first choice striker. He would have Mesut Ozil behind him and a fellow Frenchman as a manager.
But the striker’s first seven months in the Premier League haven’t gone as planned and he’s only completed a full 90 minutes seven times.
Now that Arsenal have signed Aubameyang, Laca’s time on the pitch is set to become even more limited.
Wenger acknowledges that signing the Dortmund star might have impacted Laca’s confidence.
“He has gone through difficult periods before. It can happen – it is a fraction of a second,” Wenger said, reports the Telegraph. “Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him. He created two chances – and that is a quality as well.”
You don’t say, Arsene?
As a fan, I’m not going to complain about Arsenal signing one of the most prolific strikers in Europe. But you do have to wonder what sort of impact that’s having on Lacazette and what’s going through his head right now.
What’s probably affecting the France international more, however, is Wenger’s tendency to either drop him to the bench for big games or take him off when Arsenal need goals. The dude scored 37 goals in 45 appearances for Lyon last term and while the boss claims he needs to bed in, it’s been seven months.
After their initial anger towards Laca in the wake of his two late misses against Spurs on Saturday, Arsenal fans have decided the main man to blame in this situation is Wenger.
We have him to blame for that.. Don’t we. God AW is such a prick! Jus exit north London, please! pic.twitter.com/qtSARbaJs5
— GROOVY9 (@habi_asapix) February 12, 2018
He was struggling with confidence before he arrive because AWs substitution.
— kenmcdonald (@demcd) February 12, 2018
Would it not be more accurate to say that if he’d bought midfield players who could create chances for Lacazette then his confidence maybe wouldn’t be so low. AFC have ruined him and will also ruin Abameyang. #afcindecline
— Ian Goldsmith (@IanGoldsmith7) February 12, 2018
the current manager needs to look in the mirror… how do all these players find themselves Wenger’d inside a few months oh that’s right being played out of position, constantly subbed for inferior quality and having a manager who doesn’t play to their strengths
— Chris Morgan ☧ (@nagrom11) February 12, 2018
Wrong. He was struggling before auba joined
— Dan Chapman (@ElDanMan86) February 12, 2018
What he doesn’t say is that his constant dropping and subbing of Lacazette will have affected his confidence anyway.
— Paul Gross (@pauldgross) February 12, 2018
Disagree. In nearly every game Lacazette started, Wenger subbed him. In a few games he didn’t start at all. Wenger has wrecked his confidence, nothing to do with Aubameyang.
— Jack Evans (@Jack4Evanss) February 12, 2018
There is two things certain in life. Arsenal being frugal in the transfer market and Wenger destroying players confidence.
— Gary Burgess (@GazzaJBurgess) February 12, 2018
His confidence was destroyed because of wenger and his love for his secret son Giroud.
— JOHN ESPERADO OKEZ (@johnnyOkezma) February 12, 2018
Interesting that Wenger is blaming a signing that wasnt his own on Lacazette's confidence dropping. Wenger trying to spin it in order to refuse taking responsibility https://t.co/3flVjHEtPY
— Johnny The Travel Connoisseur (@DJ_247_96) February 12, 2018