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Deschamps insists Arsenal’s Lacazette is at his best playing as a central striker

France manager Didier Deschamps has insisted that Arsenal attacker Alexandre Lacazette is at his most effective when he plays as a central striker.

Lacazette joined Arsenal in a then club record £46 million deal in the summer of 2017 and has notched 19 goals and provided six assists in 44 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

The 27-year-old made his name as an out-and-out striker, although he has been at times asked to play in different positions across the frontline since Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s arrival at the Emirates last January – something Deschamps does not agree with.

“Lacazette is an axial [central] striker,” Deschamp’s told the press ahead of his sides UEFA Nations League clash against Holland on Friday night.

“It’s true that he has already been able to evolve elsewhere for his club.

“But it is in the axis [leading the line] that he is at his most powerful.”

Lacazette was called into France’s squad last week, although he was unable to join up with the World Cup winners due to a knee injury.

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