Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette short of confidence after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrival

Lacazette started on the bench against Spurs and missed two good late chances

Miguel Delaney
Chief Football Writer
Sunday 11 February 2018 13:20 GMT
Lacazette should have scored with the last meaningful chance of the game
Lacazette should have scored with the last meaningful chance of the game (AFP/Getty Images)

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Alexandre Lacazette’s confidence may have been affected by the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - but backed him to get through it.

The summer signing from Lyon has been relegated to the bench in the two games since Aubameyang signed, and a substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur saw him miss two good late chances that could have prevented a 1-0 defeat.

Wenger admitted the situation might have got to him. Lacazette put the ball wide in the last meaningful action of the game, when he probably should have scored.

“For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer,” Wenger said. “He has gone through difficult periods before. He works hard in training, works on his finishing. I don’t know what happened, did he not touch the ball well? It can happen, it is a fraction of a second. Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him.”

Wenger did point out that Lacazette’s other work was productive, as he asked people to give him a chance.

“He created two chances today. That is a quality as well. He will score goals. He is a goalscorer, he scored goals in his whole career. He will score again.”

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