Alexandre Lacazette played 65 minutes in Arsenal’s penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.
Our new record signing got his first meaningful run-out in an Arsenal shirt as he started up front against Chelsea.
Unfortunately, Lacazette was unable to get his dream start in an Arsenal shirt thanks to the post.
He did, though, demonstrate some of the qualities that Arsenal want in their striker.
The Frenchman demonstrated a willingness to get involved our build-up play, mostly by coming short to receive passes. According to WhoScored, he managed 25 touches during his hour on the pitch, effectively linking-up play and completing an impressive 94% of his passes.
He also displayed an eye for a through pass, with one defence-splitting through pass to Hector Bellerin a highlight.
However, he would have liked more opportunities on goal, as Chelsea limited him to just the one shot. In fairness, it was a good shot; one that came at the end of a move he started, and was unfortunate to strike the post instead of nestling in the bottom corner. Besides that, Lacazette suffered from a lack of service and was well-covered by the three Chelsea centre backs.
While it’s still technically a pre-season game, the hour Lacazette was on the pitch demonstrated it’ll take time for him to form meaningful partnerships with his fellow attackers.
At the very least, you wouldn’t expect him to be combining with Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi all that often.
Lacacette being removed for Giroud after the hour mark could well be a regular occurrence this season, especially if he hasn’t scored. It’s possible that without the creativity of Ozil or Alexis on the pitch, we won’t see the long-mooted Giroud-Lacazette partnership.