Alexandre Lacazette admitted that Arsenal had to struggle until late in the game.
France’s Mikel Arteta has been knocked out of the last two Premier League matches until Thursday after a surprise strike to give Arsenal an off-1 win in a 4-1 Europa League victory over Rapid Wine on Thursday night.
Lacazette impressed in a one-on-one role, as the Gunners topped their group with a survival game, maintaining their 100% record in Europe this season.
The victory came to a head with the presence of Gunners fans inside the Emirates Stadium before the first lockdown took place in March.
Nearly 2,000,000 supporters were allowed inside the ground to witness the Arsenal route of their Austrian opponents, and Lacazette showed his importance after the game, especially for him and his confidence struggled until late.
“It was amazing. We were so happy to see the fans today,” he said. BT Sport. Even in bad moments, they helped us to play well and we played well today.
“Everyone was waiting to come back. It was really good. The fans are behind us. This hasn’t been easy for me for the last few weeks but it’s really nice to see the fans behind me and the team behind me, so I really enjoyed and tonight for them. Thank you. “
There was a quiz after Lexette’s game as to whether he made Arteta his case for a possible start with table-toppers Tottenham in the North London derby on Sunday, but it will not be drawn.
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“Tonight we want to enjoy it, to win it fifth in a row and we did it,” he replied. “Now we’re looking forward to the weekend derby. We need to rest and the coach needs to make a decision.”
As far as former Spurs striker Peter Crouch is concerned, however, Lacazette certainly sent a message to his boss.
“He fed the manager for thinking and after that performance today – he was gorgeous, he was involved in everything,” Crouch said in the role of pundit with BT Sport.
“It simply came to our notice then. He was passing the ball fast.
“He scored a great goal and he had other chances to score. I was very impressed with his performance.”
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