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Alexandre Lacazette’s comments point towards mental fragility at Arsenal

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Alexandre Lacazette spoke about a lack of confidence at Arsenal following the club’s 2-0 loss against Leicester City, as quoted by The Mirror.

What did he say?

Arsenal were outclassed by the Foxes, who had 11 more shots, higher possession, a better pass success rate, won 5 more aerial duels, as well as coming out on top in tackles and corners.

Lacazette himself was far from his best, as only 1 of his 4 attempted shots went on target, he didn’t make any key passes and completed just 1 of his 3 attempted dribbles.

Following the game, the Frenchman was quoted by The Mirror as saying: “We miss confidence and we need the international break. I hope we are going to come back well. We need to work more than we do now to find confidence.”

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Mental fragility

This can, perhaps, be seen as a sign of mental fragility among Arsenal players at the moment, especially as Lacazette stated he hopes the team will come back well, rather than insisting that they will.

If there is a mental problem within the squad, it likely won’t have been helped by everything that has been going on with Granit Xhaka since the Crystal Palace match.

It can also be suggested that there is a chance the choice of captain may have contributed to this further, with some unhappy with the choice of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, partly due to his interaction with AFTV, as reported by The Athletic.

Would you rather lose Aubameyang or Lacazette?

Aubameyang

Aubameyang

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Lacazette

Speaking on Sky Sports after the Gunners lost against Sheffield United, having already called Arsenal “babies”, Patrice Evra said: “I just don’t see any leadership. I don’t see any character or any personality. They look weak mentally.

“They have big players in David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, but there has been something missing for a few years now.”

With Arsenal now eight points behind fourth, they will need to sort out any mental fragility if they are to get Champions League football back to the Emirates.

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