Alexandre Lacazette praises Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for his good start to Arsenal career

December 11, 2017 by  
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Alexandre Lacazette has praised the impacts of teammates Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez on the club’s official website following the Frenchman’s good start to his Arsenal career.

Lacazette became Arsenal’s record signing in the summer, and spoke highly of their chemistry on the pitch since his arrival at the Emirates in the summer.

Speaking to the Gunners website, Lacazette said: “For Mesut, it’s about passes, his vision of the game and passes.” On Sanchez, he said: “And for Alexis [Sanchez], perseverance. He always wants to go further, be stronger and rise higher. As well as being very fast, he always wants go even further.”

Speaking on both players and his relationship with them, Lacazette added: “I already get on very well with them in every day life. On the pitch, we’ve gotten to a point where we understand one another better, better than at the beginning.”

The France international will be hoping the pair extend their contracts, as both Sanchez and Ozil look set to face the exit door at the Emirates when their deals expire at the end of the season.

Not impressive report: “Alexandre Lacazette will miss out a meeting with Jose Mourinho”

November 30, 2017 by  
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Alexandre Lacazette picked up a groin injury against Huddersfield Town and will miss out a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side.

The France international striker was handed a starting role in our midweek meeting with Huddersfield Town.

Lacazette scored the opening goal in that contest inside three minutes, but was replaced by Olivier Giroud at half-time.

Arsene Wenger confirmed after a 5-0 mauling victory over the Terriers that the former Lyon striker had picked up a knock which will keep him out of a home date with Jose Mourinho’s side.

The French coach told reporters: “Lacazette has a groin problem and he will be out certainly for Saturday’s game.
“He might be out for a while.”

Lacazette has been in top form for Arsenal this season, and the Frenchman’s effort against Huddersfield was the seventh of his debut season at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal will, however, be forced to reshape the squad against Man United this Saturday.

Lacazette’s compatriot Olivier Giroud could be the man to get the nod in a central striking berth, with Giroud having stepped off the bench to bag a brace on Wednesday.

Danny Welbeck could also be deployed against his former side, while Alexis Sanchez could move into a central role should Wenger bring Alex Iwobi back into the starting XI.

This was reported by Goal.

Sanchez-Ozil-Lacazette trident put Spurs ‘on their backside’ in the North London Derby

November 20, 2017 by  
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The overcast sky above the Emirates on Saturday might have indicated a sense of gloom ahead of the North London derby, with home side Arsenal considerably off the Premier League title pace and scrapping to even be inside the top four, whilst Tottenham were aiming to close the gap on leaders Manchester City.

The sunshine that broke through the clouds came with the starting eleven chosen by Arsene Wenger, especially with his choice of attacking trio. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez behind Alexandre Lacazette – in theory – is the most potent three-pronged attack he can choose, yet their start against Spurs on Saturday was only the third time this combination has been utilised.

Their impact was telling, as the talented trio caused no end of problems for the visiting defence and right from kick-off, creating fluidity to Arsenal’s play and a constant danger the Spurs defence struggled to deal with. Regardless of the ongoing debates over their respective futures, Wenger’s side are clearly stronger with Ozil and Sanchez than without them, whilst tip of the trident Lacazette looks most effective when they’re on the pitch behind him.

In a derby the football betting experts were predicting would be tightly fought, it was the influence of the trio that brought the two goals that would prove the difference between Arsenal and Tottenham on Saturday. Alexis drew the foul which lead to the opening goal in the 36th minute, with Ozil serving up the perfectly flighted free-kick to the head of Shkodran Mustafi; marking his return to action with a looping header beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris.

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Spurs were still grumbling about what they thought was a harsh free-kick decision by referee Mike Dean, when the next Arsenal goal arrived just five minutes later. Sanchez smashed in his finish from close range in the 41st minute, thanks to intelligent work inside the rival area by Lacazette, who crafted the pass back into the path of his arriving teammate.

Throughout the encounter Ozil not only produced the kind of elegance and creativity expected of him, he also tracked back and helped the team to defend; an aspect often lacking from his game that has led to much criticism for the German. “I’m convinced that Mesut Ozil adds physicality to his game and when he needs it, he can produce it. He got a standing ovation because he added to the team,” praised Wenger afterwards.

Highly critical of team performances, Wenger’s tactical choices, and of certain player loyalties; former Arsenal legend Martin Keown was much happier with Saturday’s overall display. “The Gunners were on it from the start, which wasn’t a surprise. Spurs have landed on their backside today,” he commented on BBC’s Final Score.

For Tottenham and Pochettino, this defeat comes as a further blow against another top-six rival, following their recent loss against Manchester United, whilst for Arsenal, the derby win can give them renewed impetus for the fight to finish amongst the Premier League top four. Wenger must also keep faith in the same Ozil-Sanchez-Lacazette attacking trio, because when they combine so effectively as during the derby, they’re a lethal force to be reckoned with.

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Report: Arsenal Lines up move Julian Draxler and Nabil Fekir as potential replacements for Alexis Sanchez

November 20, 2017 by  
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Arsenal appear to have finally made their peace with the fact that Alexis Sanchez will not be at the club much longer. All that’s left to be seen is if a buyer meets their £30m asking price for the Chile international in January or if Sanchez leaves as a free agent in June when his current deal with Arsenal expires.

Either way, Arsenal must look for a top class replacement if Sanchez’s departure is not to be a huge setback, and the North London club according to reports, has there eyes on two options.

A report from the Daily Star suggests that if Arsenal are to sell Sanchez in January, Arsene Wenger wants it to be to Paris Saint-Germain and not to strengthening league rivals Manchester City, but also because the Frenchman is apparently eyeing a swap deal.

The reports claims that Wenger is keen on securing the signing of longstanding target Julian Draxler, a player whose position with the Ligue 1 giants has come under serious threat since the summer arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – that’s despite only the Germany World Cup winner joining the club himself from Wolfsburg in January.

The German has completed 90 minutes on only three occasions in Ligue 1 this season. Draxler has started just seven of 12 games, and one of four in the Champions League. However, Bayern Munich may proved as competition for Arsenal in the race to sign Draxler, as the Bundesliga giants have been tracking the winger since his Schalke days.

Depending on the timing of Alexis Sanchez’s departure, the signing of Draxler to Arsenal might not happen, but there is also a rumour linking the Gunners with a move for another oft-rumoured target: Lyon’s Nabil Fekir.

Report emanating from Spain via Metro suggest that La Liga giants Barcelona are interested in the Lyon captain, who has already netted 12 goals across all competition this season, but that the Gunners gaffer is keeping tabs on him as well.

If Sanchez remains at the Emirates until June and then face the exit door, that would be our opportunity to bring in Fekir, promising a reunion with his former Lyon teammate Alexandre Lacazette.

Lineup Update: Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1 XI vs Swansea (Lacazette In, Nketiah Out)

October 28, 2017 by  
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Arsenal will welcome Swansea City today and should be considered favourites to win at the Emirates.

As far as the team news is concerned, Arsene Wenger is expected to make more than a few changes to the starting XI that played vs Norwich in the League cup.

Eddie Nketiah was the hero vs the Canaries but the teenager will likely be replaced by Lacazette in the attack. Star playmakers likes Ozil and Alexis should return to the team to start behind the French forward.

After a disappointing start to the new campaign, Ozil was brilliant in the last PL contest vs the Toffees. He scored a goal, provided an assist and created eight goal-scoring chances – the most in a single PL fixture by a player in this campaign.

Bellerin and Kolasinac should start in the wing-back positions. As far as the midfield is concerned, Xhaka and Ramsey will probably start.

The likes of Mertesacker, Koscielny and Monreal should start in the defense in front of Cech. Here is Arsenal’s strongest possible 3-4-2-1 XI vs Swansea: