Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Arsene Wenger has conceded that Alexandre Lacazette’s confidence has taken a knock but insists he is not concerned by his record signing’s goal drought.
Lacazette hit the ground running following his £50million move from Lyon last summer, netting four times in his opening six league fixtures for Arsenal.
But the France international, 26, has now gone nearly 10 hours without finding the back of the net – he last scored in the 3-1 defeat against Manchester United at the beginning of December – and he was largely ineffectual in the Carabao Cup semi-final at Chelsea before he was substituted in the second half.
Lacazette, however, is likely to be given another chance to recapture his early-season form when Arsenal travel to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
“[The lack of goals] certainly affects him [Lacazette] a little bit, but I am not worried,” Wenger said. “He was diminished a bit physically on Wednesday night against Chelsea because he was not at his best before the game, but he was very isolated as well.
“It was a difficult game for a striker because he did defend a lot, but overall I don’t worry that he will come back and it’s in cycles. At the moment he’s going through a cycle that is a bit more frustrating for him.”