Arsenal legend Ian Wright has criticised Alexandre Lacazette for his performance in the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa yesterday afternoon.
Assessing the Frenchman’s display after the game, Wright pinpointed times where the striker was playing out wide or coming deep when he needed to be in the penalty area:
“It was quite easy for Villa, who were very organised. Lacazette, I don’t think he needs to be out there [in wide areas] now. He should be in this position [the box] because you’ve got Saka there, you’ve got Bellerin running.”
“If you’re going to have the centre-forward out there [wide], you need somebody to be in there [in the box] and more of a threat. There’s not enough threat in that box. Look how deep Lacazette has come there, if you’re coming deep you need someone to be in there.”
Lacazette’s tendency is to drift away from being the focal point of the attack. He does like to get involved in midfield and making runs down the flanks.
In recent weeks, the 29-year-old has actually used his strengths to great effect, getting on the scoresheet and linking up play, but that wasn’t the case at Villa Park, where he was pretty much nullified by the opposition.
It will be interesting to see whether manager Mikel Arteta opts to pick captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when they face Leeds United next Sunday. The Gabonese international didn’t make much of an impact either after coming on against Villa.