Alex Lacazette says the way his teammates celebrated his goal against Newcastle shows the good team spirit in the Arsenal dressing room.
The Frenchman was experiencing the longest goal drought of his career before his mishit stoppage-time effort sealed a 4-0 win on Sunday.
Clearly thrilled to hit the back of the net, he raced to the corner flag, slid on his knees and was promptly mobbed by those in red and white.
To cap things off, his traditional handshake and bow celebration with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made a welcome return.
“I am really, really happy because I waited for this moment for a long time,” he told the Evening Standard after the match.
“As well, I am touched because of the way all my team-mates reacted when I scored that goal. It means a lot to me and a lot for the spirit we have in the team. This is good.”
Having not scored since the early December game with Brighton at the Emirates, he admitted things had been tough.
“It was really hard and complicated, because sometimes I had some games with no chances, sometimes I missed or the goalkeeper saved it.
“Of course for a striker it is always hard to not score, but it happens in football. Hopefully it is the last time for me.”
Lacazette will now be hoping for a return to the starting lineup. After a week away in Dubai where Mikel Arteta tried to boost his confidence, a few eyebrows were raised when Eddie Nketiah was selected to start ahead of the Frenchman yesterday.
“He talked with me to give me confidence,” said Lacazette of the winter break meeting.
“As well I worked more with the second coach, so there is some stuff we do to be better on this occasion.”
Yesterday’s win was notable because it also saw other players who’ve struggled this season making decisive impacts.
Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe were both on the scoresheet with the latter also grabbing two assists.
Lacazette says he’s had sympathy for Pepe’s travails this year after he arrived for a club-record fee from Lille in the summer.
“I used to say we need to be patient with him,” he said.
“He is still young, he came from another league and it is always different. The Premier League is the hardest league in the world I think, so you have to be nice with new players like him.
“He is someone who needs confidence and when you give him confidence he is better. He just needs time to understand how the league is and now we can see a really good Nicolas Pepe.”
He added: “It is always hard because everybody is different. Everybody reacts differently in situations.
“I talk a little bit with him but he can just learn himself with time.”
Lacazette also took a moment to talk about Arteta’s coaching style. The Spaniard has spoken strongly about there being non-negotiables that all the players must deliver and it appears a disciplined approach is starting to pay dividends.
“He is, how can I say, he demands a lot of things. I wouldn’t say he is strict, but he knows what he wants and when it is not good we know that as well we are playing shit. He is a good coach.”
For his part, Arteta has been impressed by Lacazette’s application.