Arsene Wenger is set to play Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette together for the first time this season when Arsenal face Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon, and he’s hopeful that his two hitmen will hit it off on the pitch.
The pair were the leading scorers for their clubs last season, and with worries over Arsenal’s defence the more firepower we have the better.
Speaking in today’s Observer, the Arsenal manager spoke about their potential combination and how they might work together.
“Their cooperation looks promising,” he said. “The two are good goalscorers, the two are good finishers, the two are good passers, the two have good assists – that means they can find each other.
“All the ingredients are there.”
Wenger revealed that the record signing had been a bit taken aback by the intensity of the Premier League, but says that he is coming to terms with that quickly, and also that the team needs to get used to playing with a different kind of striker than they’ve been used to.
“The team needs to adapt to him,” he continued. “You think sometimes: ‘Where is he?’ But when you look and watch the game again, you see he made a good pass here or his team-mates haven’t found him.
“He is a player who when you look at his numbers, his assist numbers are good as well. He is not an absolutely obsessed, selfish striker.
“The quantity of his finishing compared to the rest of Europe is a bit below. But the quality of his finishing is top.
“He is a guy who doesn’t shoot a lot, but when he shoots he finishes.”
Read the full article here, and let’s hope Lacazette can showcase some of that finishing today.