Lacazette gets France recall

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Alex Lacazette has been rewarded for his Arsenal form with a late recall to the France national team.

The Gunner, who was a surprise omission from Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad, started the season on the bench at the Emirates but has worked hard to persuade Unai Emery he’s the man to lead the attack. He has six goals in 15 appearances so far this campaign.

While Laca wasn’t initially given the nod for his country’s games against the Netherlands (Nations League) and Uruguay (friendly), an injury to Manchester United’s Anthony Martial has opened the door for him. He’s the only Arsenal representative in the squad.

The other strikers in the France squad include Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Florian Thauvin…so he’s got some stiff competition.

All the same, good on Laca, he deserves his shot.

UPDATE – Lacazette has now pulled out of the squad. There are some suggestions he’s done so following a consultation between the Arsenal and France team doctors. We can only hope this is a precautionary measure rather than something serious.

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Pedant
Pedant

He deserves it, has played great for us.

Also Mr Guendouzi https://twitter.com/Arsenal/status/1061952444106752000 for France U21s.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Like I said he would!??

Tim
Tim

We have a real Nostradamus here.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

I knew you would say that too !?!

myrtle
myrtle

Laca said he would

Planet Ape
Planet Ape

Well played. That’s what I’m here for….And to feel sorry for the moaners…

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Hey that’s what I Sead!

Tim
Tim

Must admit I perceived Laca’s numbers to be a bit higher than 6 in 15 games. Not quite averaging the 1 goal in every 2 games you’d want from your primary striker.

Bob
Bob

He’s basically a goal or two away from that rate. If he bags a brace or two he’d be right at that rate. And he certainly brings a bit more than goals to our play over the 90 minutes. I love Auba but we do lack link up play when he leads the attack. I’d love for us to find a magical nice way to fit them both up front whilst accommodating our other key players!

Chrispy
Chrispy

International football…..meh!

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Lacazette, Mbappe, Griezmann would be a tasty front three but that’s at the expense of the Handsome French Bloke ☹️

A Different George
A Different George

Might be different for a friendly or a semi-meaningless “Nations League” match, but the problem for Lacazette is that Giroud is a better partner for Griezmann–and Deschamps (justifiably) wants Griezmann in the team. Laca is not really competing for a place against Giroud; it’s Laca /Dembele (to take an example) against Griezmann /Giroud.

clins
clins

i’m not sure about that. giroud is a good partner to lacazette and griezman. but i think whatever giroud brings lacazette can do that as well, bring others in play create chances for others. at the same time he can score goals as well and is very mobile unlike giroud

Francesc
Francesc

Well deserved.

Btw since we are on the topic of France, what’s up with that Lemar fellow? From being bid for more than 90mn, the guy has gone anonymous. And shouldn’t we have gone after him this summer when it was fairly obvious that we needed a wide player. He would have been a much better signing than Auba. And Atletico snapped him up for just 50m!

rambo
rambo

You started by saying he’s gone anonymous then ended by saying he’d have been a better signing than Auba? Riiiiighttt.

Francesc
Francesc

That’s what I am surprised that he has gone anonymous

Martin
Martin

It’s a pity he has a groin injury and gas pulled out the squad

Martin
Martin

Has

catbiscuits
catbiscuits

I’ve he has gas problems, it’s probably for the best that he’s pulled out

santori
santori

He deserves it.

He’s got better acting as the node up top bringing others into the attack much like what Giroud did for France.

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Hope his pulling out of the team is precautionary!

Monkey Knees
Monkey Knees

My pal, who is never normally wrong… Has said its a slight thigh/leg muscle strain, but is still being seen as “precautionary”. This has hindered his performances recently, too… Just forwarding what I’ve heard.

momozemio
momozemio

Confirmed in l’Equipe newspaper, 15 days that he is playing with this slight problem, and that treatment popcess he has started this morning was scheduled for the break

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

You put your Laca in, you pull your Laca out. In out, in out, shake it all about…