Boss chuffed for Lacazette, predicts big things of Welbz


Arsene Wenger says he’s pleased new boy Alexandre Lacazette broke his Arsenal scoring duck on his debut after watching the France international net within 15 minutes of coming on against Sydney FC.

The club’s new record-signing came off the bench to sweep home Alex Iwobi’s pull-back on 82 minutes as the Gunners opened their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 victory at the ANZ Stadium.

“It is important for him to get that [first goal] off his shoulders because you expect to score if you are a striker,” the boss said in his post-match press conference.

“You could see that he was happy but overall what we were looking for was to play at pace and to develop our collective game and for long periods in the game that was quite good for us. We had tough opposition because they fought for every ball but at the end of the day their goalkeeper was the man of the match.”

Wenger also had warm words for Danny Welbeck predicting the England international will have a big impact at the Emirates in the season ahead.

“I would say that he worked very hard,” noted Wenger, who didn’t reference the striker’s missed penalty.

“He made many chances in the first half and was so keen to score that sometimes he looked too much for power.

“He put into the game what we expect of him. He’s a great team player and I expect him to have big season. He was out for such a long time that I hope this will be a positive season for him.”

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