Arsene Wenger has spoken about the importance of Alexandre Lacazette’s first goal for the club.

  • Lacazette came off the bench to score in Thursday’s 2-0 win over Sydney FC
  • Wenger believes it’ll be a big weight off Lacazette’s shoulders

Arsenal’s new striker came off the bench to net his first goal for the club in the 2-0 victory over Sydney FC.

Although it was an unofficial goal in a friendly match, Lacazette and his Arsenal team mates were clearly delighted that he got off the mark.

Arsene Wenger believes that it could be an important moment for the striker.

“It is important for him to get that [first goal] off his shoulders,” he said.

“You expect to score if you are a striker.

“You could see that he was happy but overall what we were looking for was to play at pace and to develop our collective game.”

The expectation for Lacazette to bang in the goals for Arsenal this season is huge. He’ll be under unrelenting scrutiny throughout the season.

Olivier Giroud was a victim of such scrutiny, after he took a couple of months to score his first Arsenal back in 2012.

Hopefully, goals in pre-season will give Lacazette the confidence to score when it counts for Arsenal.

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