Alex Lacazette says next season will be totally different for him on a personal level and that Arsenal have a ‘shiny’ future under Mikel Arteta.
In a clear indication that he sees his future at the club, the France international also said he’s ‘positive’ about life at the Emirates despite speculation linking him with a move this summer.
Having registered 32 goal involvements (13 assists and 19 goals) in 49 games last season – a tally that led to him being crowned the Gunners player of the season – Lacazette’s tally of seven assists and 12 goals this campaign has been something of a disappointment.
Picking up an injury in pre-season seemed to knock him off his stride and his form more than anyone else’s seemed to dip as the squad lost its way under Unai Emery.
Laca has looked a lot more like his old self in recent weeks and hopes he can carry on improving with Arteta providing his players with a clearer philosophy to follow.
Speaking ahead of the FA Cup final, he reflected: “It has been a difficult season, maybe the most difficult of my career. But I know I learned a lot this season, mentally, thinking more about the team than scoring goals when I had my long period without goals.
“I know this season when we talk about statistics, it is not the best one. But it is still only one season and I know next season is going to be totally different for me.”
Reflecting on where things went wrong this season, Lacazette suggested that the club were always going to have a tough job rebuilding after the exit of Arsene Wenger; the man who signed him for a then club-record fee from Lyon in the summer of 2017.
“Arsene was there for 22 years so he had his own habits, he controlled everything,” said the striker.
“So when there was a change we needed time to rebuild everything and to be more stable. We tried with Unai but in the end it was not what everybody wanted.
“Now the players understand more what the manager wants and with time it will be easier for all the team. I am positive, I am looking forward. I know it is going to be better.
“The future is going to be more shiny for the team. We know the coach is clear about this. He came here to put Arsenal on top of the league.”
Here’s hoping the boss also came here to win us the FA Cup as well, it is shiny after all.