Alexandre Lacazette has predicted he will score less goals for Arsenal this season than he did for Lyon last season.

The 26-year-old feels that a combination of fewer games and a new environment will make it difficult for him to match his tally from last season. “I will try my level best to achieve that but there is a big difference in that I was played in virtually every match at Lyon,” he said, reports the Metro.

“Here the manager likes to rotate players to keep them fresh for the Premier League. I will try my best to score that many goals but this is my first season so it’s all quite new. I want to settle in and repay the confidence that’s been shown in me.

“The main difference in the Premier League is that game is a lot more physical. The pace of the game is also very different – I now really understand what it means to play box to box. Things can move so fast that you don’t have time to catch your breath or think about the next move.”

Lacazette scored 37 goals in 45 games for Lyon last season. 28 of those came in Ligue 1, while another seven were scored in Europe. He also scored twice in France’s domestic cup competitions. At Arsenal, Lacazette has exclusively played Premier League games, and even then he’s only completed 90 minutes once in the first game of the season against Leicester.

It’s a big change from his Lyon days, where he would play every game. Arsenal have a bigger squad and are able to rotate for cup games and still win. Hence, Arsene Wenger has little problem leaving Lacazette out of games.

Having previously spent his whole career in France, Lacazette is adjusting to a new country and a new style of football. Likewise, Arsenal are adjusting to his style of play. All of the above makes it difficult to identify how many goals the 26-year-old should be scoring this season.

Matching Alexis Sanchez‘s 24 league goals from last season would represent a very good first season in England.

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