After Alexandre Lacazette scored goals in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, Arsène Wenger has challenged the club-record signing to repeat the feat away from home.
Lacazette has been as good as anyone in the league at home, scoring four goals in just three appearances. On the other hand, he is yet to score after the same number of appearances on the road.
As a result, Wenger has challenged the French international to replicate such antics on the road, reports the Daily Star. “Yes, he has found confidence and I believe he is adapting quickly to the demands of the Premier League. I think it’s quite positive. Now he has to score away from home, but he was unlucky as well away to Stoke I must say,” said the Arsenal boss.
“Overall it’s a good sign that he keeps scoring at home. He’s not only a goalscorer, his link up play is good. He fights as well, he’s not fazed by the physical challenges that West Brom gave us today and overall he looks to adapt very quickly and very well.”
Lacazette has been unlucky on his travels so far. Against Stoke, his goal was ruled out for offside – some of us still believe incorrectly ruled out – and against Liverpool he had limited minutes, with the Gunners already way out of the game. Playing Stoke, Liverpool and Chelsea in your first three away games is a baptism of fire as well, in my opinion.
However, even if he hasn’t managed a goal so far, Lacazette’s link up play has always been good, as Wenger mentions. Plus the goals have been free flowing at home, of course.
It doesn’t get much easier for Lacazette away from home, with in-form Watford the next destination for the Gunners. The Hornets are the only team outside the ‘big six’ still above Arsenal in the Premier League.
With any luck, the Frenchman will take this as another opportunity to prove himself.