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Arsenal striker Alex Lacazette says the Premier League is yet to see him at his “best”

By Ben Green

Published: 14:33, 20 August 2019

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette believes the Premier League has not quite seen him at his full capacity just yet.

The 28-year-old opened his account for the season against Burnley over the weekend and he has now vowed to maintain that form.

Will we see “The best” Lacazette? Five things to know…

  • Signed in 2017 from Lyon, Lacazette has thus far netted 14 and 13 goals respectively in his two Premier League campaigns.
  • Arsenal fans would have been hopeful the Frenchman could become their latest 20-goal-a-season striker.
  • However, that mantle has so far been taken up by Aubameyang.
  • Lacazette was an unused sub in Arsenal’s opening league match but scored against Burnley on Saturday.
  • He has now revealed his ambitions to show English football “The best” Lacazette this season.

Having been overshadowed by strike partner and Golden Boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season, the Frenchman has now set his sights on a “consistent” campaign in north London.

He told Canal+: “The Premier League has not yet seen the best Lacazette.

“It has seen some very good, but not the best. I can score more goals and be more consistent.”

The Gunners No 9 netted 13 league goals in 2018/19, but he will now be hoping to rediscover the kind of form that persuaded Arsene Wenger to cough up £37.7m for his services two years ago.

His 13th-minute strike against the Clarets ensured Arsenal maintained their perfect to the season, with the 2-1 win easing early pressure as Unai Emery takes on Liverpool this weekend.

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“A big change from the Lyon I knew”

Lacazette then turned his attention to matters in his homeland, first explaining how he taunts teammate Aubameyang whenever his former club – Lyon – beats the Gabon international’s – AS Saint-Etienne.

He said: “With Auba, yes, we have a lot of room, and last year I called him every time Lyon won against Saint-Etienne.”

The 16-capped Les Bleus also assessed Lyon’s current situation under summer appointment and ex-Arsenal left-back Sylvinho, hoping the Brazilian can shine at the Groupama Stadium.

He added: “It’s a big change from the OL I’ve experienced. I have mixed emotions, the preparation has not been exceptional but I can not wait to see how they do and I hope it’s going to work.”

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