Arsenal legend Paul Merson has criticized the efforts of striker Alexandre Lacazette, claiming the striker is not giving it his all.
Before the Premier League clash with Leeds on Sunday, the 29-year-old Frenchman had scored three top division goals this season.
In fact, he has played against Fulham, West Ham and Liverpool in the first three games of the season but has not produced anything since.
Merson says this should be an indication that it is time to try Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang through the center.
« Lacazette is playing like this, I watch him and it’s » I’ll come out after 70 minutes . . . so pfft, « » Merson told Sky Sports.
« You either have so much ball that you can’t get enough of it, or you never see it for 20 minutes and sit and do nothing.
« When your most talented player out there is playing, he’s too easy to learn.
“The teams are getting used to him, now he takes it out on the left, he cuts in and bends it into the upper corner.
« They’re stopping this, so they have to get him in the middle of the field. ”
After a strong start to the Premier League season, with the Gunners winning three of their first four games, they have stalled lately.
In fact, they have only won one win in their last five games following a 0-0 draw in Leeds on Sunday and have dropped to the middle of the standings.
After their clash with Leeds, the Emirates team will travel to Molde for a Europa League clash. The win leads them into the knockout round with two games remaining.
The pressure on Mikel Arteta’s team increases as they try to get out of their current rut. Strikers Lacazette, Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe bear the brunt of the criticism as they try to get back on the road.
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