Charles Watts, the Arsenal correspondent for Goal, has been discussing Alexandre Lacazette during a recent video on his YouTube channel in which he answered some of the questions posed to him by fans on social media.
The subject of the £37.8m-rated former Lyon striker came up after a supporter asked whether or not in his view, the 29-year-old’s Gunners career was coming towards an end. Lacazette started the season in decent form, scoring in each of Arsenal’s three opening games in the Premier League versus Fulham, West Ham and Liverpool (as per Transfermarkt).
The North London club paid £47.7m to sign the player from French football back in the summer of 2017 and during his time at the Emirates Stadium to date, he has made 136 appearances, scoring 51 goals and providing his teammates with 25 assists.
However, taking into account his most recent displays, here is what Watts had to say with regards to his Arsenal future:
“I do think we are getting towards the end of Lacazette at Arsenal. It is very, very worrying, his form at the moment. You were kind of hoping Laca was going to be set for a decent season this season, and it hasn’t quite happened.
“He’s missing big, big chances, his performance against Aston Villa was not one of a top-level forward at all.
“He’s not doing what he’s in the team to do at the moment, he’s not linking up the play, he’s not scoring goals, he’s missing big chances – and I’ll be very surprised if he starts after the international break because I’m just not sure how Mikel Arteta can justify Lacazette starting at the moment.”
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Lacazette’s current Arsenal contract has until the summer of 2022 to run (as per Transfermarkt) but it remains to be seen whether or not the club will look to cash in on him with a year remaining at the end of this season.
His display during the recent defeat against Aston Villa, as mentioned by the journalist, earned him a poor performance rating of 5.77/10 (as per WhoScored) and so you can understand why his showing that evening, in Watts’ view was “not one of a top-level forward.”