Alexandre Lacazette has hailed Arsenal fans, insisting that their support has put confidence in him despite moving to a completely new league.
Lacazette claims that Arsenal fans’ faith in him since he joined from Lyon for a club record of £52m in the summer has put confidence in him. While he feels pressure, it’s a good pressure.
“It also creates a bit of pressure because the confidence is very big. It pleases me, because it’s part of my day-to-day and motivates me for the future.”
The 26-year-old has already scored four goals in seven Premier League appearances this season. All of which have been at the Emirates in front of the home fans.
While adding away goals to his tally would be the next step, Gooners are just happy with how easily he’s bedding into English football and have been impressed with his tireless work rate.
“The (English) game is different,” the France international continued. “After I got here it wasn’t very difficult because there are many Frenchmen who help me. But the truth is that the Premier League is very different from Ligue 1.”
So far, the striker’s created seven chances in the Premier League and has a pass completion rate of 77%, which could obviously be improved. However, Laca’s more of a target-man and poacher than provider or creator. Therefore, these stats aren’t too worrying.
Laca scored 37 goals in 45 appearances for Lyon last term and had the highest conversion rate in Europe (38.9%), so it was always unlikely that he would struggle to find the back of the net in north London. However, it’s admittedly reassuring that he’s doing so well already.
Laca’s received another call-up for the France national team for their 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria on 7 October and Belarus on 10 October.