Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Alexandre Lacazette on the bench for the Man City raised eyebrows among Arsenal fans.
The French international had scored in the previous away game at Everton, and dovetailed beautifully with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
However, the manager decided against starting him at the Etihad, and coupled with the fact he’s rarely completed 90 minutes in the league, there have been suggestions that he might be unhappy.
However, those have been played down the player’s agent David Venditelli, who told SFR Sport (via ESPN), “It’s not worrying, because he played at Chelsea.
“Our way of working is to relativise things: 11 matches, nine starts. Of course, it’s not nice to see that he didn’t start that match, but it was, as Arsene Wenger explained, for tactical reasons.
“He’s learning. Alex needs to have calm around him. He’s happy, and Arsenal are too with his work.
“It’s not because a player doesn’t play, even though it’s two important games of course. He would have preferred to have played them.”
Venditelli continued to stress there are no issues at this early stage of his Arsenal career.
“When you’re outside the club, I can understand the questions. I understand, but I think Alex isn’t complaining about his playing time, even if he would prefer to start games like those against City or Liverpool.
“But he talks to the manager, the staff, there’s no problem. You can’t, every time your player doesn’t play, even if it’s Alexandre Lacazette, knock on the door or pick up the phone and talk to the manager.
“Everything is fine.”