Alexandre Lacazette is having his worst season in years, and his move to England has been a tough one.
Swapping leagues from Ligue 1 to Premier League is difficult and there is a transition period wherein Lacazette could get used to fast and physical English game. It finally looks like Lacazette is over his flux period and can perform at his natural ability.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger went on to admit, “Lacazette was not himself in early Arsenal career“.
Lacazette took only a minute to net his first Arsenal goal and the expectations reached sky-high even before start to his Arsenal career. Lacazette’s rugged period started from there, the goals dried up and suddenly he was under criticism for everything he touched. Things went from bad to worse for Lacazette when Arsenal signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The focus shifted to the big man from Gabon and the Frenchman was soon linked with a move away from North-London.
Alexandre Lacazette suffered an injury blow post fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. The injury kept him sidelined for about 8 weeks, and the Frenchman marked his return against Stoke City on 2 April 2018. His performance against Stoke was absolutely different, it was the best we have seen from him in a long time. Thierry Henry went on to agree claiming, Lacazette “changed the game” against Stoke City.
Injury could be the ‘best thing’ happened to Lacazette. We have seen Mesut Ozil and Dennis Bergkamp coming back to their natural abilities post injury at the dawn of their Arsenal career. Both of them returned as beasts – stronger, and looking settled in the English version of the game. It looks like the outcome is similar with Lacazette.