Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette was working on the fringes under Mikel Arteta all this while but over the past couple of weeks, the Frenchman seems to be a transformed man.
Lacazette has scored four games in Arsenal’s last three Premier League games and according to Tony Cascarino, manager Mikel Arteta has urged the forward to work his socks off.
“I think he has been asked to work much harder as a centre-forward,” said Cascarino, as quoted. “I think his work ethic against Chelsea was extraordinary.
“Battling for everything and fighting for every ball against West Brom. His performances levels and his rewards for his hard work was the goals because that’s what I think Arteta wants him to do. To be a much bigger worker.
“We talked about centre-forwards working. If he does that then Lacazette is a real handful and he is your best centre-forward by a country mile.
“He’s clinical. I think when he plays with a little bit of anger in him, he plays really well. He showed that in recent weeks. He can be a real player.”
There were rumours that Mikel Arteta was planning to sell off Alexandre Lacazette during the January transfer window and even until last month we were sure Arsenal would go ahead with this plan.
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But over the past couple of matches, the Frenchman has turned his fate around, proving to be a valuable asset to the side.
Gabriel Martinelli’s return from injury means Lacazette will have no time to rest and gather all the plaudits as it’s quite evident that Arteta is really fond of the youngster.
There’s still a long way to go before the 29-year-old proves himself to be a long-term asset to the club but with his recent performances, Alexandre Lacazette has shown that he is ready to fight for his place in the starting line-up until the end of the 2020-21 season.