Pat Nevin: Why I want Arsenal supporters to be patient with Alexandre Lacazette
Pat Nevin believes Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette needs more time to adjust to the north London club
Pat Nevin has urged the Arsenal supporters to be patient with club record signing Alexandre Lacazette.
The France international completed a £52m move to Arsenal from Ligue 1 side Lyon in the summer, having been linked with the Gunners in recent seasons.
Lacazette made the perfect start to his Arsenal career with a goal inside two minutes of his Premier League debut after he netted a clinical header in a 4-3 win over Leicester City at The Emirates on the opening day of the season.
The 26-year-old scored eight times in his opening 15 games in all competitions for the north London side to start to repay his transfer fee.
However, the Gunners striker hasn’t scored since a 3-1 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium back in December.
Lacazette extended his goal drought to eight games on Wednesday night when the France striker failed to score in a goalless draw with Chelsea in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.
Former Chelsea winger Nevin refused to write off Lacazatte despite his disappointing start at Arsenal.
“He is being asked to do something slightly alien to him. He is being asked to adapt to his game,” Nevin told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He better be good enough learn. If he isn’t, he shouldn’t be costing £52m. That’s why I want to give him time.”
Lacazette scored 100 goals in 201 appearances in all competitions during his prolific spell at Lyon.
Arsenal could lose Alexis Sanchez in January or at the end of the season given the Chile international has less than 12 months left on his current deal.