Arsene Wenger: Why I Substitute Lacazette Regularly

Arsene Wenger: Why I Substitute Lacazette Regularly

Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on why he has tended to substitute Alexandre Lacazette in the second-half of Arsenal’s matches this season.

Lacazette, 26, joined Arsenal as the club’s marquee signing last summer and was expected to be the focal point of Arsene Wenger’s attack for the 2017/18 campaign.

The striker has managed nine goals in 24 Premier League appearances this term but has only played the 90 minutes of a match six times since arriving in north London.

Asked about his tendency to substitute Lacazette, Wenger told the Arsenal magazine: “I must say that [Lacazette] plays in a position where you sub more than say a defender.

“You substitute a striker more than you would a defender, because they always have to provoke, to defend, to attack, you have to create holes in the defences. The strikers are more subbed than others.

“Secondly, he was in an adaptation period where I felt that, without any objective measurement, that sometimes he struggled a bit more in the second part of the game, especially in the last 20 minutes, to create the movement he can.

“I put that down to an adaptation period. It was not so much physically – that didn’t drop so much – it just looked like he was a bit less sharp.’

Lacazette returned to training earlier this week for the first time since mid-February after undergoing surgery on his knee.

It’s not yet clear whether the Frenchman will be ready to face Stoke City at the weekend.

Daily Trust

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