Arsenal finally ended their winless run with a 3-1 win against West Ham United on Monday. Freddie Ljungberg picked up his first win as Gunners boss and everything looked better, especially in the second half.
The biggest talking point before and after the game was Alexandre Lacazette’s exclusion. The Frenchman was an unused substitute at the London Stadium and Gabriel Martinelli, who took his place, looked worthy of keeping it.
Lacazette’s injury early on this season hasn’t helped him but his overall form away from home has been a worry. The Frenchman has scored 32 goals in the Premier League since joining us of which 25 have come at home.
Arsenal’s away form, in general, has been abysmal since the Frenchman’s arrival but his barren run hasn’t helped. With Gabriel Martinelli starting his career in the way he has and Pepe slowly adjusting into the new league, could Lacazette become our back up?
He definitely isn’t a bad backup to have but the issue is a serious concern to Arsenal. The 28-year-old will certainly not be happy to sit and watch from the sidelines and with his contract expiring in 2022, he might well consider his options.
However, Lacazette will have a chance to show what he is capable of in the Europa League on Thursday. The French international, on his day, has the ability to decide games on his own and it is up to Ljungberg and co to help him regain his confidence.