Alexandre Lacazette has earned praise from both Arsene Wenger and teammate Danny Welbeck after an impressive Premier League debut that saw him open his Arsenal account after just two minutes.
The France international ruthlessly headed home Mohamed Elneny’s to give the Gunners an early lead against Leicester and could have had a second were it not for late acrobatics from Kasper Schmeichel.
All in all, it was a positive start for the 26-year-old in Arsenal colours leading Wenger to remark:
“Lacazette is simple in every game. He is stronger since he has joined us, you know and even when I played Giroud through the middle and him on the left, he did very well on the left, so overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and he is a collective player and an intelligent player as well.”
Danny Welbeck, who also got on the scoresheet just before half-time, also liked what he’d seen from his fellow striker.
“You can see with his quality today on the pitch, how much of a great addition he will be to our squad,” reflected the England international.
“That’s something that we need at Arsenal to keep on improving and pushing us on to the next level.”
Lacazette wasn’t the only new boy to earn praise. Sead Kolasinac’s swashbuckling performance at centre-back, which included roving runs and an assist for Welbeck, also caught the eye.
“Sead, honestly, with his aggressiveness at the back and getting up towards the strikers, winning the ball back and breaking forward he was great for us,” said Welbeck.
“He’s like a beast on the pitch and when he got through he passed it to me!”