Ian Wright is perplexed by Arsene Wenger’s decision not to start Alexandre Lacazette against Manchester City on Sunday.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Wrighty admitted that he’s frustrated that Wenger didn’t include Lacazette – Arsenal’s club record signing – in the starting line-up for their clash at the Etihad. To be fair, I think most fans agree.
“I find it frustrating. He has come in for £50m. He is a goal-scorer. He has shown that,” the former striker told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He has double the amount of Premier League goals than anyone else in the squad. He is playing Alexis Sanchez up front, who wants to leave the squad.
“I don’t mind because he is trying. But Lacazette can score a half chance if created. He showed that on Sunday. He didn’t start him. I can’t understand it.”
Before the trip to City, the 26-year-old had netted five goals in 10 games and within 10 minutes of walking on the pitch against Pep Guardiola’s side, he’d scored his sixth.
The striker, who has been far better than Alexis Sanchez this season, injected some energy into the Gunners, bringing the scoreline from 2-0 to 2-1 to City and encouraging the visitors to push for an equaliser.
Obviously, this never came as City’s offside goal appeared to kill the game. However, if Lacazette had started, Arsenal would have had a far better chance of scoring from the outset.
Starting Alexis, who’s only scored once in the Premier League this season, up front over the France international didn’t make any sense and you have to wonder what was going through Laca’s head when the team sheets were read out.
Arsenal’s next match isn’t until after the interlull and it’s the first North London Derby of the campaign. If that doesn’t get the players fired up, nothing will.