Alexandre Lacazette had his struggles at Arsenal last season after arriving in the summer from Lyon for big money.
However, the centre-forward finished the campaign with 14 Premier League goals and ended the season quite strongly overall.
Lacazette has also made a decent start to this one, assisting team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the Gunners’ 3-2 win away at Cardiff City last Sunday before getting himself on the scoresheet with the winner.
And former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has since talked up the importance of the Frenchman for Unai Emery’s side.
“He [Lacazette] failed to make the French squad for the World Cup then watched from afar as they went on to lift the trophy in Russia,” Keown wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“Emery used him as a substitute in his first three Premier League matches, then he finally gets to start against Cardiff. So, what does he do? He goes and scores the winner. Lacazette now has to play and be the person they build around. Full credit to him.”
With Aubameyang’s preferred position also up front, Emery has some tinkering to do to get both the former Borussia Dortmund man and Lacazette into the side.
The pair did start in Arsenal’s victory at the Cardiff City stadium but, like his predecessor Arsene Wenger, there have already been games where Emery has decided to play Aubameyang up top alone with Lacazette having to settle for a role on the bench.
Going forward, though, Emery must find a system that allows him to include Lacazette in the starting XI on a regular basis.
The 27-year-old is too good of a player to be tossed in and out of the side.
As touted by Keown, Emery must instead build his team around Lacazette, even at the expense of Aubameyang leading the line.