Monday, March 30
Collect News Data
Feb 16, 2020 at 4.30pm UK
NewcastleNewcastle United
Aubameyang (54'), Pepe (57'), Lacazette (90'), Ozil (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Lacazette "touched" by reaction to ending goal drought

:Headline: Lacazette 'touched' by reaction to ending goal drought:
The French striker had not scored since December 12 before finding the net on Sunday.

Alexandre Lacazette will do all he can to ensure there is no repeat of his two-month goal drought after he finally found the back of the net again.

Lacazette fired his first goal in 10 games as the Gunners beat Newcastle 4-0 on Sunday.

The Frenchman, who has been struggling with injuries, was dropped to the bench as 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah was given the nod, but he came on and made an impact by bagging for the first time since December 12.

The 28-year-old admits he has never had a period like this in his career before and is keen to ensure there will not be another.

"I am really, really happy because I waited for this moment for a long time," he said.

"As well, I am touched because of the way all my team-mates reacted when I scored that goal.

"It means a lot to me and a lot for the spirit we have in the team. This is good.

"It was really hard and complicated, because sometimes I had some games with no chances, sometimes I missed or the goalkeeper saved it.

“He talked with me to give me confidence”
- Alexandre Lacazette on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

"Of course for a striker it is always hard to not score, but it happens in football. Hopefully it is the last time for me."

It was Lacazette's first goal of Mikel Arteta's reign and the striker is impressed with the new Gunners boss' demands for success.

Arteta explained to Lacazette why he was going to be dropped.

"He explained it well, but I can't tell you what he said," Lacazette added.

"He talked with me to give me confidence. As well I worked more with the second coach, so there is some stuff we do to be better on this occasion.

Alexandre Lacazette says Mikel Arteta (pictured) is a demanding coach (John Walton/PA)

"He is, how can I say... he demands a lot of things.

"I wouldn't say he is strict, but he knows what he wants and when it is not good we know that as well we are playing poorly. He is a good coach."

Events at Arteta's former club Manchester City, who are facing a two-year ban from European football, could give the Gunners a possible route back into the Champions League.

Having remained unbeaten in 2020, they are now six points behind Tottenham in fifth place – a position that would secure Champions League qualification providing City are unsuccessful with their appeal against the ban.

"I think it is early to talk because they can do an appeal and often it happens in football that, what do they say, it gets cancelled," Lacazette said.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 2020 (John Walton/PA)

"So us, we just focus on ourselves and we just play our football.

"But even without this we just want to win for the team and fans and to be as high as possible."

Newcastle were blown away in the second half as Lacazette's late fourth came after goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Mesut Ozil.

Their afternoon was made worse by a serious-looking injury to Ciaran Clark, who left the Emirates Stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot following a late challenge from Bukayo Saka.

"He's got a bad one," boss Steve Bruce said. "It doesn't look good. By the state of his ankle it looks pretty serious. We'll know more in next 24-48 hours.

"It doesn't look great, the state of his ankle, leaving the ground on crutches. I can't say now how bad it is but it's bad enough."

body check tags ::
amp_article_389973 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2020-02-17 14:11:18:
html db last update - 2020-03-27 21:09:05 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html

Click here for more stories about Alexandre Lacazette

Click here for more stories about Arsenal

Share this article now:
Show comments

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Recommended Next on SM
Mikel Arteta 'wants the best for Man City' after European ban
Sancho 'unofficially confirms' Man Utd move?
Man Utd 'confident of keeping Paul Pogba'
Podolski: 'Injuries ruined Gnabry's Arsenal career'

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.