Amid all the attention for Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey, it’s easy to forget there are some real gems already in the Arsenal squad.
Whilst the two have strengthened the spine considerably, it’s a man that plays further forward who is being cast into the shadows.
Alexandre Lacazette has done his best to revive his Gunners career which looked almost dead following a mixture of poor form last season and Juventus’ reported interest in the Frenchman, as per Fabrizio Romano.
He started the campaign on fire and scored in the opening three games to make him the club’s top scorer. However, he has since drawn a blank, however, his ability to bring teammates into play, link with his fellow forwards and defend from the front is the strongest among his teammates.
During the 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester City, Lacazette was far from his best in front of goal, failing to score from a few yards out.
But he still led the line well, drawing in four fouls and playing the joint-second most fouls. It was a display which earnt him praise from Arteta, who claimed the former Lyon man was sharp.
He then followed up that performance was a sensational outing at Old Trafford, where he was in phenomenal form. Lacazette won two aerial battles and made four tackles as he sacrificed his desire to score a goal to help defend from the front.
The 28-year-old was crucial alongside Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in pressing the Manchester United defence as Arteta’s men suffocated the Red Devils.
Has Lacazette proven to be the most clinical forward? Not exactly, but, for a team who has turned their defensive fortunes around, it’s easy to see why the £37.8m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, France international is a key part of the team.
Sunday’s performance against United showed just how crucial the press from the forwards has been to the club in a season where they currently have the best defence.
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