Arsene Wenger explains why Arsenal signing didn’t start v Liverpool
Arsene Wenger lifts the lid on his decision to leave Alexandre Lacazette out of his Arsenal starting line-up at Anfield
Arsene Wenger has explained why Alexandre Lacazette didn’t start Arsenal’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool before the international break.
The France international was named on the bench despite Lacazette scoring on his Premier League debut in a 4-3 victory over Leicester City at The Emirates.
Lacazette got on the score sheet in a 1-0 loss to Stoke City but his effort was ruled out due to an incorrect offside decision.
The 26-year-old moved to Arsenal in a club-record £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon in the summer transfer window to bolster Wenger’s attacking options.
Lacazette came off the bench with Arsenal trailing 3-0 at Anfield but the centre-forward was unable to inspire a comeback.
Wenger was criticised for not starting the France striker at Liverpool as Arsenal lost back-to-back Premier League games.
Lacazette broke the deadlock in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth upon their return to top-flight action after the international break.
And the Arsenal boss explained his decision to leave Lacazette out of his starting line-up at Anfield following their win over the Cherries.
“I kept him out at Liverpool because I thought you can take some time to adapt, but I agree, he is getting stronger and stronger from game to game,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
“Physically he worked very hard today. He still suffered a little bit in the second half, but physically he’s getting better in every game. And on the football front, you see he is a great player.”
Arsenal have won two of their four Premier League games so far.
The Gunners haven’t won the top-flight crown since 2003-04.