Alexandre Lacazette is struggling in front of goal of late, but his performances have still been good for Arsenal.
It’s now been seven games since Lacazette last found the net. The Frenchman’s eight goals means he’s still Arsenal’s top scorer for the season, but things just aren’t happening for him in the final third.
He managed three shots against Chelsea on Wednesday, and hit the target on each occasion. Courtois was simply in good form. However, it’s an extension of a general trend in 2017/18. The striker simply isn’t receiving enough opportunities per game.
His 2.3 shots per game means he finishes at a rate of 15%, which is still very good for a striker. It’s a similar conversion rate to Harry Kane, who’s netted 18 goals in the Premier League this season.
Besides this issue, Lacazette continues to work very hard up front and provides good link-up play. His touches didn’t always come off against Chelsea, however, as shown by his six losses of possession – more than any other player.
Yet, he also provided a slick through pass to Mesut Ozil in the second half, and displayed some good first touches as well. The 26-year-old is clearly a talented player and has demonstrated his class before for Arsenal.
All he needs is more opportunities to fall his way.