Arsene Wenger discusses Alexandre Lacazette's reaction to Arsenal signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsene Wenger seems to be pleased with Alexandre Lacazette’s reaction to Arsenal’s signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window.
The Gunners spent big on signing the Gabon international last month as Wenger moved quickly to bolster his attacking options at The Emirates.
Aubameyang started his first game for the Gunners on Saturday and got his name on the score-sheet when he netted in the 5-1 victory over Everton at The Emirates.
Summer signing Lacazette was left on the bench for that game as an unused substitute as Wenger preferred to go with Aubameyang up front.
And Wenger has admitted that Lacazette doesn’t need to understand why he is not playing, only that he needs to work hard to try and get back into the team.
Speaking at a news conference on Thursday morning, Wenger said: “You do not have to understand too much [about not being able to play].
“What you want is that everybody focuses on winning the game. Do they start the game or not? In this game he didn’t come on because we had a problem with the goalkeeper.
“You do not want the players to understand too much about why they don’t play. They don’t understand. I completely agree with them because they want to play. That’s natural and normal.”
Both Lacazette and Aubameyang will be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Premier League action on Saturday lunchtime with a crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
The Gunners head into that game knowing that a win would move them to within just one point of their bitter local rivals as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.