Michael Owen: This is Alexandre Lacazette’s weakness, he must improve it at Arsenal
Michael Owen explains how he feels that Alexandre Lacazette can improve his game at Arsenal
Alexandre Lacazette needs to improve his link-up play and work outside the box with Arsenal, according to Michael Owen.
The French striker has earned plenty of praise for his strong performances for the Gunners this season so far after signing for the north London club from French side Lyon back in July.
Lacazette has hit the ground running in an Arsenal shirt and has scored four goals in seven Premier League games for Arsene Wenger’s men.
However, he was unable to find the net as Arsenal sealed a 2-0 win over Brighton on Sunday thanks to goals from Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi.
The 26-year-old forward looks like he is not having much trouble adapting to the rigours of the Premier League.
However, former Liverpool striker Owen believes that there is still plenty of room for improvement from the forward when it comes to his play outside the box.
Speaking on BT Sport on Saturday, Owen said: “I think his link-up play and overall play could be a lot better.
“He does so much good work in the box but he’s quite lax and needs brushing up outside the box.
“If he wants to get into the world-class bracket, he’s got to improve the all-round part of his game.
“But not his goal-scoring – that’s the strong part of his game. He’s got great instinct.”
Lacazette will be hoping to feature for Arsenal once again when the Gunners return to Premier League action after the international break with a crunch clash against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Sunday’s win left Wenger’s men in fifth place in the table and seven points behind leaders Manchester City after seven games.