The French striker scored a brace to further increase his confidence as the Gunners’ hopes of winning the Europa League were boosted
When you arrive at a club for big money the expectations are equally as weighty and no-one knows that better than Alexandre Lacazette.
The France international joined Arsenal from Lyon last summer for a then club record fee of £46.5million, but hasn’t produced as many goalscoring moments as Arsene Wenger would have liked over the past few months – but his past two games have showed that he is more than capable of leading the Gunners to Europa League glory, following an impressive brace and performance against CSKA Moscow.
Lacazette went nine games without scoring in January before undergoing knee surgery weeks later which kept him on the sidelines for over a month. Despite a goal on his debut against Leicester at the start of the season, the 26-year-old hasn’t replicated the kind of form he was known for with Lyon where he earned the nickname ‘Penazette’ for his effectiveness from the penalty spot.
Arsenal’s performance against the Russians encapsulated what has been a familiar theme in recent seasons – an early goal followed by a manic few minutes where they concede and almost go 2-1 down.
Fortunately for the Gunners, their saving grace is the attacking quartet led by Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey who dominated the game with their passing and powerful running, the latter scoring a wonderful goal after flicking the ball over Igor Akinfeev from Ozil’s pin-point ball.