Alexandre Lacazette feels he’s become a better player under the management of Unai Emery than he was under Arsene Wenger.
The former boss paid €50m to sign the French international from Lyon in the summer of 2017, but it was a difficult first campaign for a number of reasons. The end of the Wenger era ran through everything that happened, but injury problems, an operation and an unwillingness on the part of the boss to give Lacazette 90 minutes on any consistent basis made for a frustrating season.
This year, however, he’s been voted the club’s player of the season by the fans, and he believes he’s improved under the tutelage of the Spaniard.
“I am feeling good,” he told the Evening Standard. “I play more with Unai and have more confidence with him.
“Even if I can just say ‘thank you’ to Wenger because he brought me into this big club, but I feel better with Unai.”
The striker has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, but with his eye on a European trophy and playing in the Champions League next season, he’s happy to continue in North London.
“If the club is really happy with me and I’m happy, I will stay,” he said.
“In France, they say 27, 28 is one of the best ages in your career. I wish it is not the last at Arsenal and I hope I will be better and better in the next years.
“It will be the first European trophy in my career and winning one is really important to me.
“I want this trophy and to play in the Champions League next season.”
Lacazette is on 19 goals for the season to now. Hopefully he can make it a nice round number later tonight.
A nice round number like 24.