Arsene Wenger has admitted that club record signing Alexandre Lacazette is low on confidence after his recent goal drought.
The French striker moved to the Emirates in a £53m move from Lyon in the summer, and got off to a great start to life in England.
The 24-year-old bagged eight goals in all competitions by early December, but has since failed to add to his tally, leaving Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to reveal his star striker is running low on confidence. Wenger said:
“This guy is used to scoring 30 goals per year so at the moment even if he says no, I am sure he is frustrated.
“It’s always a surprise for the players. You accelerate and play more and the body needs to get used to it, the mind as well. It’s a difficult period, the first year, because the family comes over and it’s a bit less football-orientated.
“You get used to it and he has played many games until now and I would say that the physical pressure on the strikers here in England has become absolutely massive. The physical demands and the intensity in the challenges are much bigger than in France.”
However, the Arsenal boss claimed that he striker is starting to adjust to life in England in a similar manner to that of fellow Frenchman, and Man Utd midfielder, Paul Pogba, who also struggled to settle in his first season back in the Premier League.
“Now he looks settled, Pogba. Dominating physically
“In the first year yes you can suffer a little bit.
“In France you go down it’s a free kick. In England you go down and it’s no free kick. That is much more difficult for the striker to get used to that.’
Lacazette found the net 37 times last season for Lyon, and bagged a move to Arsenal after being denied a January transfer to Atletico Madrid following the Spanish club’s transfer embargo.