Kieran Tierney has paid tribute to Alex Lacazette’s influence at Arsenal and says the Frenchman works hard for his team both on and off the pitch.
Recently appointed club captain by manager Mikel Arteta, the 30-year-old is clearly a popular member of the squad and when his last-gasp strike against Wolves hit the back of the net, they were quick to show him the love with joyous celebrations.
“He deserves that [goal] more than anyone tonight,” said Tierney.
“The work that he puts in, that people don’t see, people don’t recognise away from the football club, is massive.
“It helps all the young boys, it helps everyone in the team. You can trust him. He’s the captain and he’s just an amazing guy as well. I am so, so happy for him tonight.”
It’s been a while since Arsenal came from behind to snatch a stoppage-time win at Emirates Stadium and the nature of the victory has added to the optimism that the club could end a five-year wait for Champions League football.
“It was a great result for us, a massive three points and a great performance as well,” said Tierney.
“Of course, we went 1-0 down but we never gave up, we never stopped playing.
“We kept trying to play the right way and we knew and believed we’d get the chance to win the game.
“We need to aim as high as possible. That’s what we are doing. Results like this build momentum, they build team mentality and that’s what you want. We never stopped playing. We kept trying.”
The players weren’t there only ones who never gave up. On the terraces, the supporters were in full voice throughout the second half creating a febrile atmosphere that definitely helped the home side over the line.
“We were 1-0 down but the fans understood that we were pushing, and trying, and really going for it,” said right-back Cedric. “I heard the whole stadium behind us.
“There were a few moments I really remember, because most of the time you are focused on the game. But during the game when maybe the action stopped for a bit, I really felt that the stadium were completely behind us. It was massive. I believed we could turn it around, and in the end we made it happen together.”