Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has won the club’s Player of the Year reward, scoring 19 goals this season and registering 10 assists in the process as well.
The Frenchman has been in wonderful form throughout the year, displaying hunger, grit, skill and an eye for goal, whilst working brilliantly with strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Despite the brilliant form, it still hasn’t been enough to earn him a call-up to the France squad by manager Didier Deschamps.
The French coach silenced all criticism towards his approach and selection by winning the World Cup last year, though there’s definitely a sense that certain players are being hugely overlooked, and Lacazette is one of them.
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Deschamps have been stubbornly loyal to Olivier Giroud, who hasn’t enjoyed a particularly successful club campaign for a few years now, but he retains his spot in the squad for his overall contribution to the side. Ultimately, Deschamps has a way of playing, a system he likes to adopt, and Giroud fits that mould perfectly. So why change it?
Lacazette will feel unfortunate not to be included, and Arsenal fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration…
For selfish reasons it's great but how Lacazette keeps being ignored for the France squad is incredible.
— Tom (@TomL_1904) May 21, 2019
Lacazette has more goals than any other French striker in the last 5 years…
Yet not in the France squad?
— A L 9 ?? (@LacazetteSquad) May 21, 2019
Have no idea why lacazette is so unappreciated in France. Should for sure be in their squad not to mention Laporte aswell.
— Aron (@Aronsingh07) May 21, 2019
Usually I don’t feel bad for laca but this time I’ll admit the Giroud love needs to stop.
— Pravin L. Wadhwani (@PravinLWadhwani) May 21, 2019
— Jay Njoroge (@Jay2em) May 22, 2019
Lacazette not in France squad again Ridiculous but good for us #AFC
— Shaheen Ashraf (@topgooner100) May 21, 2019