Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he does not understand Alexandre Lacazette’s World Cup snub by France.
On Tuesday, L’Equipe claimed that Alexandre Lacazette is ‘deeply disappointed and affected’ by missing out on World Cup selection and only making the reserve list.
Now Auba is also disappointed on his behalf.
Speaking to RMC, the Gabon forward said, “I’m disappointed, I think he showed over the last few months that he was ready to play this World Cup, he fought hard.
“I think it’s a shame, I think there was room for him.
“These are the choices of Deschamps.
“There is disappointment.”
The forward, who was Arsenal’s leading goalscorer despite knee surgery and the fact it was his debut season in a new country, was notified that he would not be in the final 23 when he was back in his hometown of Lyon.
This marks the third time in a row Lacazette has been named as a reserve rather than making the full list, furthering rumours that France manager, Didier Deschamps, has a personal issue with the forward.
L’Equipe also write that he is ‘tormented by the disappointment’.
Lacazette scored 17 goals in 39 appearances for Arsenal with his form not really taking off until he returned from a minor knee procedure earlier this year.
He scored five goals and created one in his final six games of the season and could rightly have presumed he had hit form just in time for selection.
Historically, Deschamps has opted against using Lacazette. Descamps has taken charge of 74 matches for his country since he was appointed manager in 2012. He has selected Lacazette 16 times despite him scoring 37 goals last season, 23 the season before, 31 in 14/15 and 22 in 13/14.
Olivier Giroud, meanwhile, has been selected by Didier Deschamps 61 times.
Last season (17/18), Lacazette, despite suffering a knee problem and playing in a new country at a new club in a new league, averaged a goal or assist every 125 minutes. Giroud every 143.