Alexandre Lacazette has discussed the ‘tactical change’ by Mikel Arteta which is making life ‘easier’ for Arsenal’s attacking players.
Arsenal have endured their worst ever start to a Premier League season and have struggled for goals during the current campaign, though the north London side have arrested their slide towards the relegation places with back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Brighton during the festive period.
Those victories have come following a switch to a 4-3-3 formation by Arteta and Lacazette – who came off the substitutes’ bench to score the winner at Brighton – has praised his manager for handing more support to the Gunners’ attacking players.
“The coach puts me as a No.9, but more with a role to play for my team-mates and challenge a lot,” Lacazette told RMC.
“He knows my qualities and knows that I like to play short and help my team-mates with the development of play.
“Now we’re four behind and three midfielders. It’s much easier, because before we lacked attacking players.
Lacazette scored Arsenal’s winner 21 seconds after coming off the bench…
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“This tactical change is also good for us.”
Lacazette’s winning goal against Brighton came just 21 seconds after being introduced as a substitute, and the France international was delighted to make an immediate impact as Arsenal bid to regain ‘confidence’ following a stuttering start to the season.
“It never happened to me. After the match, I was told that I had scored after 21 seconds,” he added. “I was a little surprised, but it’s true that everything went quickly.
“When the team lost confidence, it was also my case. I had few situations in match, only one per game. I had to make it happen, and that’s what I didn’t do.
“In the game, it was not exceptional either. Since then, we have regained confidence, me too with the matches of Europa League who helped me.”