Arsenal fell to a second successive defeat in the Premier League on Saturday as Brighton came away from the Emirates with a 2-1 win.
It was another game where the Gunners offered little going forward and striker Alexandre Lacazette attracted much of the criticism throughout the 90 minutes and at full-time.
A striker for whom he had a £20m offer in 2020 from AS Roma that he rejected. A striker to whom he gave the captain’s armband and played regardless of performance. As I said yesterday, I am not saying anything about Lacazette anymore. It’s on Mikel. https://t.co/fBwbRyNY0a
— Sash ~ (@ltarsenal) April 10, 2022
Goals from Leandro Trossard and Enock Mwepu put Graham Potter’s side two goals to the good with just over 20 minutes to play before Martin Odegaard brought the hosts back into the game late in the day but the Gunners could not find a crucial second goal.
However, it was Arsenal Captain who has came under criticism most as the French man has not scored from Open play since the turn of the year and only scored just four Premier League goals all season.
Lacazette took over captaincy responsibilities at the Emirates after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure and has been a regular in the starting XI. But once again he failed to threaten for the Gunners.
It was not long ago that Arsenal legend Ian Wright was calling for his former club to give the Frenchman a new deal, with his current contract set to expire in the summer.
“His position is vitally important to everything we’re doing, just look at the two assists he had,” Wright said on the Wrighty’s House podcast back in March.
“Unless we get that person, you think to yourself, ‘maybe we could give Laca another year or two.
Lacazette’s lack of potency in front of goal was excusable when he was helping others thrive, but not anymore.
Against Brighton, as well as failing to register a shot on goal, he had fewer touches (22) and made fewer passes (eight) than any other starter.
Arsenal travel to St. Mary’s stadium on Saturday and will be eager to bounce back from their dismissal form.