With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang suspended for the next three games, the goalscoring burden will lie heavily with Alexandre Lacazette when we face Sheffield United, Chelsea and Bournemouth.
The problem right now though is that the Frenchman isn’t scoring and hasn’t found the net since early December. He’s working hard for the team, something Mikel Arteta is impressed with, but with goals hard to come by, the lack of finishing is a bit of a worry.
Asked if it was something that was troubling him, the Arsenal manager said, “It’s a concern for me if he’s concerned about it.
“In relation to his performances, I am really happy with him. The way he contributes to the team, I’m really happy. He’s setting up goals for the rest, he’s creating chances for the rest of his teammates, his work out of possession has been phenomenal.
“He has missed chances in those games, he could have put four or five goals together easily, and for him that’s a bit strange, but you have these ups and downs, and he’s still going to be a very important player.”
It’s not uncommon for strikers to go through fallow periods, and while accepting that his players need to make chances for the 29 year old, Arteta also made it clear that the onus is on Laca to finish them.
“You can help him by talking to him and giving him confidence, but that ball has to end up in the net,” he said.
“I think that’s the best medicine for strikers. What we have to try to do is put Laca in positions where he can have as many opportunities to do that as possible during a game.”