Walcott on Lacazette’s quality and Friday night lights


Theo Walcott, having already compared Sead Kolasinac to a tank and an animal, has waxed lyrical on the other new arrival this summer, Alexandre Lacazette.

The French striker was unlucky not to score against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday, almost putting the finishing touch to what was a beautiful Arsenal move in the first half.

In classic Theo style, he’s stated the obvious, saying that the former Lyon man is going to score goals, but also that his performance in the Community Shield showed what he’s about.

“Hitting the post shows his quality,” he said, before wondering whether actually scoring might be a better measure of that.

“When you give him time and space on the ball, he’s got quality and he showed that. The way he held the ball up too. Obviously the manager will be the best judge of his game, as I was too focused on what I could do to change the game when I came on.

“He’s a goalscorer and he’s going to score goals for this club. The number of key players we have in all sorts of positions, they’re going to supply for him and Oli as well. There’s loads of competition as well.”

Walcott came off the bench at Wembley, and looks set to start the season there, as we prepare for the first game, taking place on Friday evening.

It’s certainly different, and something Walcott thinks might be of benefit for the Gunners.

“A night game might be better for us,” he said. “It’s a bit different, a bit new for us and our fans will be up for it.

“Home support is always crucial and that will be so key this season as the fans will just be behind the team from kick off all the way through.

“Clear eyes, full Arse, can’t lose.”

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