Lacazette admits shock at Wenger exit

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Alex Lacazette admits the Arsenal squad were shocked by the announcement that Arsene Wenger will leave the club this summer.

Last week, the France striker called on his teammates to win the Europa League in the hope it would save their season and keep the boss in a job. Now he wants to secure European silverware as a parting gift to the man who has dedicated 22 years to the club.

Speaking after his brace helped Arsenal to a 4-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, Lacazette told SFR Sports, “It was a special match. The first since we learned of the manager’s decision, but now we must think about other things.

“We need to finish the season well… I think that everyone was shocked, nobody was expecting it. But now it is part of football.

“We knew that at some point he would stop, we did not think it would be this year but now we have to deal with it… We want to win the Europa League for Wenger.”

With six goals to his name since returning from knee surgery at the start of this month, Lacazette looks very likely to start Thursday’s first-leg Europa League semi-final with Atletico Madrid – the team that had an agreement to sign him before a transfer ban precluded them from completing the deal.

Atletico went on to re-sign Diego Costa from Chelsea. Thankfully, it looks as though the Spaniard won’t be available this week, although he could return from a thigh problem in time for the second leg.

“The doctors will inform us but I think it won’t be possible for him [Costa] to be ready for Thursday’s game,” revealed Diego Simeone yesterday.

“He will be [available] for sure in the return leg, but I think he has no chance to be [fit] for the first leg game.”

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Pakgooner
Pakgooner

Atleti is about to get hammered.. the boys are taking no prisoners. Though Wenger’s exit is sad for all of us, it has made the team united and very dangerous for any opposition

Teakster
Teakster

Let’s be honest though, we still can’t defend!

Gereoma
Gereoma

I am not sad. Its a celebration of football life. Got to go one day.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Yep, and for those of us with half a brain we were desperately hoping that his exit would have been planned carefully and that the Club would already have his successor lined up.

Instead they’ve looked at the table, listened to the loud people calling for Wenger’s head, and pushed him out.

Guess what? It wasn’t (only) Wenger holding us back all those years. He was fighting with one hand tied behind his back by the twats hiding behind him.

We have no plan for replacing him. We have a smug self-satisfied cock in charge of the Club now (just look at his photo on today’s blog), with no Wenger to prevent him from making the stupidest decisions, and we apparently have piss-all money for buying new players unless we sell some of our best players to do it. Remember what Wenger said about signing too many players at once will destabilise the team? That’s coming next season. We have to sell before we buy. In a World Cup summer when nobody will be interested before September unless we’re offering bargains.

We’re going to be the new Everton if we’re lucky, but I don’t think we will be lucky. The twat who makes the decisions now probably thinks Brenda is a great choice for manager because he talks corporate-doubletalk and “must” be a great manager because he managed Liverpool, and that twat is the twat the has the final say.

We’re buggered. Leave now if you want Glory.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

This is actually a very interesting point. The timing of the announcement was a bit strange, wasn’t it? Why didn’t they just wait until the end of the season before telling Wenger he was out? OK, this gives everybody time to hand out all the praise, but from the club’s position everything’s a bit awkward.

I have a feeling that everything came to a head between Wenger and Gazidis and then Le Prof was then brutally informed, in advance, of his fate. I bet the original plan was to wait until the summer, get the new guy in and then tell Wenger that he was finished at Arsenal.

I can’t wait to read Ivan’s book – if he ever writes it.

PeteyB
PeteyB

Kinda a makes a bit of sense to me. This way he gets a send off, fans united for last few games, and if we do lose to Athletico it feels a little bit less like a firing.

Really really hope we can go all the way though. Would be great to see him lift one last trophy with us.

goongot
goongot

Was going through atletico madrid tactics on youtube.If what youtube say’s it’s true, We need to be very careful of not mispassinng the ball in our half.I hope xhaka and mustafi are up to the task.Laca had to be very efficient though if we have to win this one.

Mr dynamite
Mr dynamite

i hope we win europa, it will be a perfect sendoff for arsene wenger..still in disbelief that we wont have him dishing out instructions on the touchline come next season.

Christopher Wreh
Christopher Wreh

He doesn’t really do that now to be fair

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Yesterday I thought of something : Stan’s son got increased power in the club and within 10 days Wenger resigned. Remember his statement where he made sure he put all the good words together : fans experience, synergy, efficiency whatever ?

shokim
shokim

Finishing out of top 4 for consecutive years? 1 year could be deemed a fluke but 2…?

shokim
shokim

sorry I meant a *blip!

Evang. Simon
Evang. Simon

Let us turn all available stones.

Just ensure you guys eliminate all opposition on your way to delivering the trophy for the man that deserves it the most.

We are Arsenal, we fear no foes

#Letsdoit4wenger

Jimmyg
Jimmyg

Costa is a cunt

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

Lacazette could actually benefit from Wenger going. A new manager could get the best out of him. Just look what Klopp is doing to the career of the Ox.

Thursday’s game could be really interesting. I just hope that those players summon the spirit of last year’s FA Cup final and go out and do it for themselves and the fans. Champions’ League qualification is now massively important for the club. It would put the new manager in a great position if he could offer CL games to incoming players.

And_Arsene_Said...
And_Arsene_Said...

“Just look what Klopp is doing to the career of the Ox.”
More like the media doing to the career of the Ox i’d say.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

Who is this Ox FG speaks of? Is he a Liverpool player or something? I mean all the best to the lad if he is but why should we care?

Drew

I don’t really see the Ox doing much better for The scousers than I did for us. He rarely starts and occasionally has a decent game. I thought that was the same when he played for us.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner

Ox has fewer goals and assists than Monreal leave it out

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Iwobi’s numbers rival Ox’s.

A Different George
A Different George

Yeah, I hope a new manager can get Lacazette going–a mere six goals in his last six games (Oxlade-Chamberlain has one in his last 17 games, though with some assists).

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

I watched the Liverpool game tonight and they were pretty awesome. Still didn’t see anyone called Ox. Is he actually in the team?

meletios
meletios

Ox went off injured, very early in the game.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

I came in late in the first half so I missed that. Well isn’t that a shame?

But as the Polish saying goes, not our circus, not our monkeys.

Divianshu
Divianshu

Let’s hope Laca carries his recent upsurge in form into Europa as well and Arsenal fire a healthy first leg emotionally charged by Wenger’s decision

Parlour's Pay Packet
Parlour's Pay Packet

Costa doesn’t have a thigh problem, he’s still trying to find his way out of Rob Holding’s pocket.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

If Holding faces Costa in the 2nd leg I hope the ref will be watching carefully, because that nasty piece of work is probably going to try to clatter him early.

santori
santori

I’m quite sure the gaffer would want to see out the contract but given how poorly he has performed by his own standards plus the divisiveness, 2018 would be a reasonable exit as there will be more options in terms of replacement particularly post Wcup reshuffling.

As for options up top, CF position is solid. Where I feel we need help is wide area. We lack sufficient pace (other than reliance on Bellerin or Monreal) out wide plus we could do with a player who can hold his own against 2 or 3 opponents, take them on from the wide area.

Currently the option would be either the unfinished articles of Iwobi and Nelson OR shunting one of Welbeck or Aubameyang to a wide position in a quasi 4-1-3-2

We will do our efforts no harm if we can add a Mahrez or Thauvin out wide, both players a good mix of goals and assist but also with pace and skills.

This would be a big ticket item to spend on but we need the added invention.

As we see with Mhkitaryan out, options and capabilities dwindle fast. If we are to compete on a higher level in CL next season plus Title push and FA cup, we will need depth in (different sets of) capability not just depth in numbers alone which we currently have

shaka
shaka

wide positions can be filled by Danny, Auba, Mkhi, Iwobi and Ramsey

Wenger usually likes one winger to be speedy and the other to be more of a creator. Danny and Auba take the speedy role.

Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka etc fill up 2 positions in MF easily.

DM, LB, RB, CF, GK – This is where the next rebuilding has to be done. 5 players are needed. thats about 200 M. I think Wenger got really pissed with the influx of morons. Usually he prefers intelligent players, and the kolasinacs, mustafis etc were a bit too much.

santori
santori

Lacazette finally finding some confidence in front of goal.

Hope he gets his first hat trick against Athletico.

At the back is our worry.

If we keep pushing Bellerin forward, Greizzman will fill the pocket behind him and go one on one with Mustafi (we know who will win that foot race)

More importantly there never really is anyone behind our last Cback to back him up (Koscielny has been too far from his partner)

With Costa (possibly) to contend with, I feel somehow it may be better to go 3 at the back which gives a bit more security when our fullbacks are committed forward.

This particularly as its a home game and a goal for them would make things difficult return leg (unless of course Lacazette does turn in the hat trick I hope he does)

If we do go 3 at the back, our midfield with Granit, Ozil, Jack and Ramsey likely will have their hands full containing Koke and Saul forward surging runs.

That makes incision by Lacazette on apex critical.