Alex Lacazette may have had a difficult campaign last time out but he maintains that being introduced to a new way of thinking by Mikel Arteta will stand him in good stead for the future.
Having hit 17 then 19 goals in his first two seasons at the club, Lacazette struggled in the box last season, netting just 12 times.
The downturn in output has drawn criticism from some quarters and led to speculation he could be sold but the striker insists he’s not going anywhere this summer. In fact, he’s fully focused on honing a slightly adapted role on the pitch.
Asked to reflect on a tough season for him personally, he told L’Equipe (translated by Get France Football News): “Yes, but with a wonderful ending and I learned a lot during this season. Mentally, but also tactically.
“With coach Mikel it is really something different to everything that I have experienced before. Tactically, it is very, very good.
“In the end, I am still happy with what I have experienced this season, because it matures you, these type of moments.”
Lacazette went on to say that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s decision to stay at the club represents a sign of ambition from the club and that he doesn’t mind his close pal being the key man in front of goal.
“Sometimes, here, I get criticised for not being [egotistical] enough, but that is not how I see football,” he said.
“I like to score, but I have another role than goalscorer who plays centrally, now, I participate more in move construction, I find enjoyment in other ways. At Lyon, I was responsible for scoring, and here, it is more like I need to help the team to play well, to be dangerous.”
He added: “The coach has brought a bit of order into the club, in the squad. He has brought ambitions, in what he is looking for, in terms of what he has known before, too, with his experience at Manchester City.
“Aside from that, this type of change is not something that can be done in six months, because it is a long process, but yes, it is in the process of happening. Our results in the restart and the cup victory proved that we could rival teams, even with a different type of football. That did a lot of good to the squad.”
The full translated interview can be read, here.