Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes Alexandre Lacazette should be given more game time by manager Mikel Arteta.
The Frenchman was handed his first league start of the season against Aston Villa on Friday evening and was one of the standout performers for the Gunners. Keown claims the forward led the line very well and got the most out of strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang:
“He played off the front, in the game on Friday night, and he was a revelation in that position because he pressed really well out of possession. Then, he linked up tremendously well. I think Aubmameyang likes having him in the team as well. He is a hungry player.”
“In possession, where he links up really well, especially with Aubameyang. Arsenal just looked much more effective with him in there. He has got good vision. Good technique. Mature. And they need those sorts of players. I feel he should play more.”
The Lacazette situation is a strange one. The 30-year-old has seemingly decided to run down his contract, leaving Arteta with a decision to make on whether to play him, knowing full well he isn’t going to be in his long-term plans.
When the striker is given chances, though, he does generally play very well, so there is surely no harm in keeping him in the side, as long as he is performing to a high level.
Despite his great performance against Villa, Lacazette didn’t get on the scoresheet and he will be hoping to put that right if he starts the Carabao Cup clash versus Leeds tonight.