Arsene Wenger has denied suggestions that he doesn’t have faith in Alexandre Lacazette for big games, saying he has complete trust in his record signing.
Eyebrows were raised when the former Lyon man was left out of the starting line-up for the 3-1 defeat to Man City before the international break, but the Arsenal manager insists there’s no issue.
Asked about it at his press conference today, the
568 year old said, “No, that’s not the case at all.
“I have a big choice every time up front, but he played many games Alexandre Lacazette.
“He didn’t play away from home against City, I think that’s the only game he didn’t start [editor – he also didn’t start away at Liverpool].
“Overall, I trust him completely.”
As for his selection on Saturday, he continued, “The decision has not been made yet. It’s a possibility because he’s available.”
Concerns about Lacazette’s unhappiness were played down after the City game by his agent, who said, “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.”
I mean, how else is he supposed to score a hat-trick?