So far this season, there has been very little consistency to Unai Emery’s offensive selections. In each of Arsenal’s four Premier League games to date, the former Sevilla boss has set up his attack differently, which has sometimes been to the detriment of his star forwards.
Against Tottenham, therefore, Emery had a call to make. The France international has previously shown his worth in the big games for the Gunners, and perhaps that is one of the reasons why he was included in the starting XI this time around. Whether it was or not, he proved his manager right as he put in a fantastic display in an intense match-up.
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In front of goal, the former Lyon man was a menace and made sure that Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had a busy afternoon. Lacazette lined up six shots, with only Nicolas Pepe having more, and only Christian Eriksen had more efforts on target than his three. Just like the Denmark international, Arsenal’s number nine got himself on the scoresheet, thrashing the ball into the back of the net after a couple of neat touches in the box.
He also impressed in other departments, as well. His two dribbles could only be bettered by Pepe, whilst he also made two tackles, which displayed his defensive contribution from the front of the pitch.
In the end, he wasn’t quite able to get the Gunners the three points, but considering they trailed 2-0, the Emirates outfit can be happy to come away with a draw. Unfortunately for Lacazette, his afternoon ended prematurely as he picked up an injury and was forced off with 25 minutes left. Emery and co will be hoping that he can recover quickly to be ready for after the international break.
Whilst his boss appears to have difficulty trusting him, the 28-year-old has once again proven his worth when it really matters in the big games.