Arsenal’s sixth consecutive win in the Premier League may have closed the gap on the top three to just two points but Alex Lacazette still thinks it’s early to talk about a return to the Champions League positions.
The Frenchman has been in sparkling form in recent weeks and helped himself to a brace as the Gunners battered Fulham 5-1 at Craven Cottage; a result that in some quarters even sparked talk of a title challenge.
While the performance suggests Unai Emery’s plan is coming together, the striker maintains he and his team-mates just need to keep their heads down.
“The team spirit is good, of course when you win it is better,” he said on Sunday.
“We are working well and we want to continue like this.
“To talk about the top four is early I think, we have to keep quiet and work like we did before and the season is going well. Just work as we did and we will see at the end of the season”
If the Gunners are to enjoy a successful season, the goals of Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be vital. Each player took their tally for the campaign to six in all competitions with the Gabon international helping himself to a brace of his own against the Cottagers. In the process, the 29-year-old took his Arsenal tally to 16 goals in 23 games since moving to the Emirates in January.
Despite Aubameyang’s enviable record, Lacazette played down comparisons with Thierry Henry, a predecessor in the number 14 shirt.
“It is hard to compare with Thierry because he came was younger and Auba is at the top of his career,” he said. “But I hope Auba scores as many goals to help us win something.
He added: “It is good [our relationship], he is like my brother. We talk every day and we love working together.
“Today in front of the goal we scored two goals each, which is good.”