Alexandre Lacazette performance on his official debut for Arsenal was quite superb, one that won him accolades from various sections of the media and fans alike, but he may have earned the respect of a die-hard Arsenal critic though.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that Lacazette’s opening goal in his debut game for Arsenal is a step in the right direction which aids in making light the pressure that comes with leading the attack of a big team.
Lacazette opened his Arsenal account two minutes into the EPL game against Leicester City, so much so that he had a laidback celebration due to the odd minute in which he found the back of the net. The French international headed home an out-swinger from Mohamed Elneny which promptly beat Kasper Schmeichel to the far left of the goal post.
The goal was an icing on the cake, as his all-round performance and crosses from the left wing were top notch.
This has got Mourinho talking:
“[Lukaku] is playing well, he is working haleard. He likes the team and the team likes him,” he said.
“Any striker can play phenomenally hard but if he doesn’t score goals the pressure is on them.
“So good for him, good for Wayne Rooney, Lacazette, Morata – good for all the strikers arriving in new clubs and scoring in the first days.
“But Romelu knows me well. He knows sometimes strikers can play very well for the team without scoring goals.
“He knows from me there is no pressure at all. But today he was good, very effective.”
Lacazette arrived on the back of an impressive campaign for Lyon. The striker’s contribution for the Ligue 1 giants defies belief, as he recorded 30 goals in 28 league appearances.
The Arsenal fans would wish that he can chalk up similar numbers for them since that could means he would oust Kane, who recorded similar number last season , to the golden boot award.