Ian Wright wants Alexandre Lacazette to be the focal point of Arsenal’s attack.
The Frenchman scored his first away goal for Arsenal his fifth of the season in the 5-2 rout over Everton on Sunday. Wright, the former Arsenal striker Lacazette has been compared to the most, was impressed with his performance.
However, he believes the 26-year-old must focus more on leading the line and less on dropping deep and linking up play.
“I don’t want to see him come and getting involved in the link up play because we have enough players that can do that,” Wright said on Match of the Day 2, reports the Daily Star. “I would love to see him on the edge of defenders, and running into those little slots, stretching teams.”
Lacazette has shown in short time at the club a willingness to drop deep to receive the ball. This may be down to his own playing style, but could also be because Arsenal have struggled to get the ball into forward positions quickly.
He spent more time playing on the shoulder against Everton as Arsenal dominated the game and played almost all of it in the opposition’s half. In my opinon, the Londoners have been in need for this type of centre forward. Olivier Giroud was great in his own way, but stretching defences wasn’t his strength.
With any luck, Lacazette will prove to be the answer, especially after he plays regularly with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. Lacazette has made nine appearances for Arsenal, scoring five goals. Four of his goals have come at the Emirates Stadium.