BBC Sport pundit claims Alexandre Lacazette has silenced Arsenal critics

The BBC Sport pundit believes Alexandre Lacazette has answered his critics at Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette Photo: Alexandre Lacazette / Instagram

Garth Crooks believes Alexandre Lacazette has banished question-marks over his ability to thrive at Arsenal.

The France international scored twice in the first half of Arsenal’s 5-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League at Craven Cottage last weekend.

Lacazette started up front alongside Danny Welbeck without the support of his friend and strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was named on the bench.

However, the 27-year-old thrived with his new strike partner Welbeck, as the pair combined for Arsenal’s second goal in west London.

The Arsenal striker struggled to find consistency in his first season at The Emirates following his £52m move from Lyon in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Former Spurs forward Crooks believes Lacazette is no longer facing questions about his talent after a prolific start to the current Premier League campaign.

“He’s in a fantastic vein of form at the moment and scoring some fabulous goals,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“Give this lad a sniff of goal and it’s in the back of the net. He’s putting them away like a kid eating Smarties.

“What a difference a few weeks makes, along with an injection of confidence. It’s not that long ago that Lacazette couldn’t get into the Arsenal starting XI and questions were being raised about his future at the club. No one is asking those questions anymore.”

Lacazette arrived at Arsenal last summer as the north London side’s record signing, although Aubameyang would go on to surpass his transfer fee when he completed a move in the January transfer window.

Indeed, the Gabon international cost the Gunners a fee reported to be worth £58m, which was £5m move than Lacazette’s price tag.

The pair appeared to strike up a good understanding on the pitch despite the potential for a rivalry between the two expensive signings.

Indeed, Aubameyang and Lacazette have already netted eight of Arsenal’s 17 goals in the Premier League this season to help the Gunners hoist themselves up to fourth place.

The Arsenal duo will fancy their chances of adding to that tally when struggling Leicester City make the trip to the Emirates Stadium after the international break given the form of Foxes captain Wes Morgan.

Unai Emery’s side are in fourth place in the Premier League table and two points behind leading pack Manchester City, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC.

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