Alexandre Lacazette has revealed that one of the reasons he came to Arsenal was because he wanted to experience our busy festive period and against Liverpool, he got exactly what he wanted.

The Premier League is known for its fixture congestive around Christmas. While other leagues take a two-week break for winter, we’re queezing around 70 matches into the space of 10 days.

However, Lacazette insists that he’s looking forward to it.

“One of the reasons I came to London was so I could experience this period,” Lacazette told before the game against Liverpool

“They’ve given me quite a few tips on nutrition, on how to be careful and get a lot of rest. They also told me how, despite it all, I should enjoy time with my nearest and dearest because often, people who are close to you come to London during this time.

Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal shields the ball from Dejan Lovren of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on December 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Alexandre Lacazette shields the ball from Dejan Lovren (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“They’ll come for the holidays. In France, it’s the school holidays and so my brothers and parents can come to London and we can enjoy the Christmas holidays in London as a family.

“When every weekend you watch the Premier League, you tell yourself, one day why not? You think about one day feeling that atmosphere and experiencing that time in December, experiencing a season in the Premier League and knowing what it’s like.”

The busy festive period is always a big test for new players who have come from different leagues. Particularly footballers who’ve never played in England at all – like Lacazette, who had only played for Lyon.

However, the 26-year-old seems to be adapting to life in London steadily… even if he rarely plays 90 minutes.

Although the France international isn’t exactly Sergio Aguero, he’s been doing a solid job up front for the Gunners this term and will improve more as he settles.

Arsenal are yet to face Crystal Palace (December 28), West Brom (December 31) and then Chelsea (January 3), which won’t be easy after the Liverpool clash on Friday.

However, most of our squad should be used to it by now and Arsene Wenger knows how to rotate in order to get the most out of each game. Or, at least, he should do.