Arsene Wenger says he’s very happy with Alexandre Lacazette’s start to life in the Premier League and clarified that his decision to substitute the striker on a regular basis is based on a combination of factors.
The France international has racked up 903 Premier League minutes in his 13 appearances this season, however, he’s only completed one game – against Leicester on the opening weekend – leading to questions about whether he can handle the physicality of English football.
Eager to stamp out any such criticism, the boss underlined that making attacking changes is hardly surprising given the work rate put in by his forwards.
“First of all I would like to say that in my job you sub strikers more than defenders, because they have to create, they have to provoke, they have to be incisive in every run,” he told his pre-Huddersfield press conference.
“Secondly, I think he adapts physically to the Premier League and I’m very happy with the work he does for the team every time he is on the pitch, and thirdly I do that as well because I have other options on the bench who are fresh and can give us another variation in our attacks.
“Physically, the Premier League is very demanding. It demands a huge intensity of work and if you look at the other teams, they take off a lot of strikers as well after 70-80 minutes, between 60 and 80 minutes most of the teams change their strikers because first of all many times they have to work on their own up front against two or three people.
“Up front you provoke and at the back you respond, so it’s completely different and much more exhausting physically and mentally.”