Things get worse for Alexandre Lacazette as the Arsenal man was omitted from French World Cup squad.
Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon in a record breaking deal last summer. Alexandre had made a goal scoring name for himself in France and similar were the expectations from him as he step foot in England.
Though it only took under a minute to make his mark in the Premier League, yet things went south in the following months. He went through a tough goal drought and all the pundits that plauded him started criticising his every touch.
Things went from worse to worst when Lacazette picked up a niggle just after the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. That indicated the lose of faith in Lacazette by Arsene Wenger to a certain extent.
Maybe the injury was a blessing in disguise, it gave him some time to shrug of the negativity and understand his mistakes. Yes, it did make him a better player. He looked confident once he was back from injury. Maybe he got the period to think about the game and make himself accommodated in.
In my opinion, he didn’t have a very bad season – it was his first season in England and its always hard settling into the English form of game. Coming from France, he looked a bit surprised with the pace and physical aspects of the game.
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Deschamps did take France all the way winning the FIFA World Cup in 1998 as a skipper in Paris. He is not shy of a world cup winning experience and he would be looking to integrate the same in his current squad.
It’s always been Olivier Giroud for France upfront. Though the big targetman have proven himself from time to time, Alexandre Lacazette was always the anticipated back-up call. It was always going to be difficult for Lacazette to travel to Russia as first choice with everything Giroud has done over the years. But going as a backup for Giroud was always the plan, until Didier Deschamps announced his 23-men-squad.
Lacazette had his fare share of chances to prove himself in the six appearances he made for Les Blues last season, scoring only two goals and assisting one.
France are also ignoring Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema since like forever, though France do boast a pool of talented striking force in Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kelian Mbappe. Absence of Lacazette and Benzema might just prove critical.