Lacazette: Goal drought got into my head

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Alexandre Lacazette says he became weighed down with a lack of confidence when he went through a goal drought that lasted ten games in the middle of the season.

The French striker scored just one goal in 14 games, and subsequently underwent surgery for a knee problem that may have been a contributory factor to his lack of form.

Speaking to L’Equipe [full translation here via GFFN), he took full responsibility for it, but admitted he found it a burden as it was not something he’d experienced previously in his career.

“I had never experienced that,” he said. At night, when I would go home, I would repeat to myself, “Come on, next time it’ll go in!” But it didn’t. And I’d only realised this after five or six matches.

“Suddenly, I started asking myself, “How long has it been since I last scored a goal?” It started to bother me.

“I don’t know how the other strikers manage, but personally, it got to my head. I couldn’t blame anyone, it was all from me.

“I couldn’t blame the coach because he was giving me my chance on the field. I couldn’t blame my teammates since chances were being created.

“It was just me.”

On his return he finished the season with a flourish, scoring 8 times in the last 10 games, but it wasn’t sufficient to get him a place in the France World Cup squad. He is on the stand-by list, but it looks as if he’ll have a summer in front of the TV and a good pre-season under his belt ahead of the new Arsenal season.

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Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Hopefully Griezmann transfers to manure then ruptures his knee during the unveiling ball juggling segment leaving his WC spot open for Lacazette to play with Giroud.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

I’d rather a player of that quality be nowhere near Utd, injured or otherwise, thanks.

Mc1892
Mc1892

Shame for him but they’ve made some strange selections. Thauvin over him and no Rabiot spring to mind. Would love the latter here!

gooner
gooner

It would be strange if Thauvin had been a striker. But being a winger who just scored 20+ goals in the league alone plus laying on assists for his teammates, it starts to look less strange.

A Different George
A Different George

Thauvin is a member of WhoScored’s best eleven of the season across the five top leagues. With Messi, Ronaldo, and De Bruyne. Also Mustafi.

santori
santori

We won’t be getting Thauvin.

He won’t come with a manager like Arteta and considering we are outside CL.

Many fans do not realise the allure of the club is much less these days and will be tarnished with a poor select of new manager.

We won’t be affording Mahrez either.

Have very low opinion on the buying team. They will buy expedient to their ex-contacts and not what is needed for team balance.

And it looks like the board will get a manager who is under firm control which does not augur well for power balance and attraction for the better players in the world.

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner

“also Mustafi” ..and thats why stats can be shit sometimes.

Mc1892
Mc1892

Absolutely. Seeing thauvin play he’s not what his stats suggest. Ousmane dembele was also up there last year and his technical ability makes Walcott look like Messi.

Damobot
Damobot

To be fair when Mustafi is good, he is really good but when he is bad well, he is shiite. But only if cuts down on the mistakes and rashness he could do a Thauvin!!!

Santori
Santori

Thauvin or Mahrez.

Both score a healthy amount of goals but also assists.

They would be transformational for us because they would leverage the quick release ability of Granit better and allow us to break much quicker.

But we will be less likely to get either now without CL and particularly if the manager selected is inexperienced.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I have a feeling he’ll do alright next season …

santori
santori

Alright maybe.

The issue I have with Lacazette is :

1) He cannot hold the ball for us when it is pumped forward from the back. He isn’t physically as imposing as Giroud and able to challenge and keep the ball. Many times we send it up to him to relief pressure and the Cbacks win it off of him.

2) He needs to learn to move toward the ball. He tends to wait for the ball to be played to him where Aubameyang tends to gamble toward it. If he can improve on this aspect, he will be poaching many ore goals.

3) All this nonsense about him being world class and we not providing him ‘service’. NO problem with Aubameyang. If you are truly world class you have to make the runs where your teammates can pick you out. Giroud realise his lack of pace and improved positioning and the way he makes his runs.

But Henry is the best indicator of this. Recent interview he mentions how Wenger improved him by telling him to make tuns his teammates can see because 90% of players will be head down on ball and then a quick glimpse up.

If Lacazette can improve on points 2 and 3, he will be more effective. Point 1 is difficult because he just isn’t that sort of player but we have traded Giroud inexplicably for two players who can’t hold the ball for us.

Considering the sort of numbers we are nominally arrayed against defending the box, it would have made sense to have kept that capability.

If we were to trade it for quicker transition, I don’t see that happening either. Lacazette appears no quicker than Giroud in many instances.

Aubameyang has more pace (he isn’t Henry) but the supporting cast he needs isn’t there. We don’t have a Pires on the wing to accompany him. Instead we need Bellerin to come up from deep with potential consequences behind.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Duplicate post this? sort of

Paul
Paul

Will we ever be able to thumb again Bloggs??

A Different George
A Different George

I am not allowed to vote for this comment. I thought that only happened in Russia.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Help us we’re dying here

Paul
Paul

Now that is how you take responsibility. Nice one Lacca.

Tusikon
Tusikon

Happy for the way he ended his debut season and that he can take responsibility when things don’t work out for him.
Also, I really don’t have a problem for our players not going to the WC, we need a good pre-season and they need a rest.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

That’s selfish. Laca now has a single WC possibility, the one on four years, to display his talent at the biggest world stage. He wasn’t at the last Euro.

santori
santori

We simply do not have the most exciting talent in France at the moment.

It speaks of where we are as a club.

Even if you look through Wcup feature, our players that are there will not be at the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Maybe Bellerin, Iwobi or Granit but that’s it.

In the squad, PEA is decent but the rest won’t exactly make top 20 in world football.

Technically, we have also shed a lot of advantage. We don;t even compete against the likes of Leicester for the sort of technicality Mahrez brings them. The closest is Santi, an aging asset beset by injuries.

Mhkitaryan is also an aging asset, Ramsey is OK.

Too many Arsenal fans delude themselves into thinking about any new manager will be better than Wenger.

Wenger has shown his limitations for many years now but if we pick some inexperience ex player to lead us forward and hand the purchasing reigns fully to the new DoF team, we will be punished further.

Gordy
Gordy

Whoever is the new manager will have a real opportunity pre-season as so few players are going to the World Cup. I think France have made a mistake not selecting Laca and England Jack but hopefully it will not affect their confidence.

santori
santori

They have an embarrassment of riches going forward.

Martial and Greizzman, Thauvin, Dembele with Giroud up top to play them in.

That said, I would bring Laca myself bc Giroud may get a knock.

santori
santori

As I mentioned before, the board has been very good at (easily) deluding many of our fans.

A couple of supposed “wow” signings but frankly :

1) Aubameyang was a mistake to sign in January. At best we should have agreed terms but taken him in the summer leaving room to keep on Giroud to end of season bc of europa and our CL permutations. Instead we took on a cup tied player.

2) Lacazette many hailed (inexplicably) as “world class”. Whatever that means. He’s a good striker much like Aubameyang don’t get me wrong and excellent technique but France itself is going through a new golden generation. We don’t have any of the new avant garde (Martial, Mbappe, Dembele, Greizzman to some extent) Instead we have Laca whom many consider better than Giroud at Arsenal.

But watching FA cup finals, you appreciate why he starts ahead of Laca for France and what he brings to the team. Aside for direct physical presence and aerial threat, he has a deft touch for a big man and he knows how to hold the ball for the team, create an outlet or lay the ball off. Lacazette cannot do that.

That said, we have decent strikers. BUT if you think we were ambitious buying these two strikers, think again.

With where we are right now outside top 4 second season running and with potentially a rookie manager in, if you look at it from the stand point of agents/top players (indeed most non Arsenal fans), we are NOT an attractive destination.

The club will likely buy tier two players, very decent but not the top end (remembering of course we already have 7 clubs in the world who can spend more and we now lack Wenger’s acumen in market)

Next season (if we sign Arteta) maybe we give it a good push into top 4 but I won’t be expecting much more. In which case may as well have kept Wenger.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

He was flying and was carrying that injury going into the United home game.

Big Cheese
Big Cheese

He’ll be much better this season.