Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has admitted that Alexandre Lacazette’s confidence may have been affected by the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Wenger has relegated the summer signing to the bench in the two games since Aubameyang joined, and a substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur saw him miss two good late chances that could have prevented a 1-0 defeat.
The Frenchman admitted the situation might have got to him. Lacazette put the ball wide in the last meaningful action of the game when he probably should have scored.
“For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer,” Wenger told reporters after the match.
“He has gone through difficult periods before. He works hard in training, works on his finishing.
I don’t know what happened, did he not touch the ball well? It can happen, it is a fraction of a second.
Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him.”
Wenger did point out that Lacazette’s other work was productive, as he asked people to give him a chance.
“He created two chances today. That is a quality as well. He will score goals. He is a goalscorer, he scored goals in his whole career. He will score again.