Arsene Wenger has said that Alexandre Lacazette will need one or two months to adapt to the Premier League.
Lacazette arrived at the Emirates Stadium early enough to have a full pre-season with his new club but will need more time to fully adapt to his new surroundings. That’s according to Arsene Wenger, who said that while the striker’s coping well, he’ll still need one or two months before he’s fully settled.
Asked how long he might need, the Arsenal manager said: “Sometimes it takes a few months. Sometimes it takes a little time. I must say with Lacazette that week after week he looks to adapt quickly, and overall he should take one or two months.”
There’s a lot of expectation on Lacazette. He’s a £52m striker coming off a 37-goal season for his previous club Lyon who has to lead Arsenal back into the top-four and, eventually, help them challenge for the Premier League title.
However, like any player, Lacazette will need time to bed in and play his way into form. The type of close examination he’s under already during pre-season isn’t helpful or fair. It won’t help that he’ll be constantly compared to Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, who signed for Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.
The Frenchman got two goals in pre-season, including one in front of the Emirates crowd, which will hopefully help his confidence. He’s proven his got the tools, so now he has to showe he can adapt to a new division and shoulder the expectations placed onto him as the club’s record signing.