Victory on Monday sent Arsenal third in the Premier League for the first time this season, and the club have Alexandre Lacazette to thank for that.
The French striker assisted Aaron Ramsey’s opening goal in the first-half before rounding off the win with a delightful chip seven minutes from time in Arsenal’s 2-0 result over Newcastle.
Lacazette’s contributions brought the former Lyon frontman’s goal and assist tally to 13 and nine respectfully in the Premier League, the same number of goals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has contributed for the Gunners this season.
Although the 27-year-old striker is beloved by the fans, it always seems like Lacazette doesn’t receive the same recognition as his Gabonese teammate does by other fans and the media despite making a good case for being Arsenal’s best player this season.
Lacazette has scored some of the clubs most important goals this season, with goals against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United earning Arsenal points in games most fans would not have expected anything, but it’s his ability to be just more than goalscorer that has made him such a vital player for the Gunners,
The striker has the most assists out of any centre forward in the Premier League this season, the closest competitor being Wolves man Raul Jimenez with eight, and it’s his ability to bring more players into the attack that has made him a revelation with Arsenal.
Lacazette is a striker who does enjoy scoring goals but also loves bringing his teammates into the game and setting them up for goals. His partnership/bromance with Aubameyang is something Arsenal fans adore, and the likes of Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey have all benefitted from the forward’s ability to link the attack and the midfield to create more chances for the team.
Arsenal are in the driving seat for Champions League, and whilst the likes of Ramsey and Aubameyang are receiving all the praise for the club’s recent run of good results, there’s no doubt that Lacazette is the key architect behind the Gunners sprint to the finish line.
Arsenal fans, has Lacazette been your best player this season?