Arsenal boss Wenger names three reasons why he’s been substituting Lacazette
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger opens up about Alexandre Lacazette's start to life at The Emirates
Arsene Wenger has lifted the lid on his decision to slowly bring Alexandre Lacazette into his first-team plans at Arsenal.
The striker has made a strong start to life at The Emirates since signing for the Gunners from French side Lyon back in July.
The 26-year-old has scored six goals and made one assist in 13 Premier League games for the Gunners so far this season and it seems that he has begun to adapt well to the rigours of English football.
Wenger’s decision to start Lacazette on the bench against Manchester City earlier this month drew some criticism, and the striker has also been brought off before full time on nine occasions so far this term.
And the Arsenal manager has now moved to explain his thinking behind those moves after being quizzed about the striker on Tuesday morning.
Asked why he has substituted Lacazette so often this season, Wenger told a news conference on Tuesday: “First of all I would like to say that in my job you sub strikers more than defenders, because they have to create, they have to provoke, they have to be incisive in every run.
“Secondly, I think he adapts physically to the Premier League and I’m very happy with the work he does for the team every time he is on the pitch.
“Thirdly, I do that as well because I have other options on the bench who are fresh and can give us another variation in our attacks.”
Lacazette will be hoping to start and to play the full 90 minutes when the Gunners return to Premier League action on Wednesday night with a home clash against Huddersfield Town.
The 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday lifted Arsenal into fourth place in the table.