Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been blamed for Alexandre Lacazette’s poor form by Manchester United legend Andy Cole. Lacazette scored in each of Arsenal’s first three Premier League games of the season. However, the 29-year-old has failed to net in each of his last six appearances in all competitions.
Lacazette dropped out of the side for the trip to Leeds United on Sunday and Nicolas Pepe’s second-half red card meant the Frenchman’s chances of coming on as a substitute were dramatically reduced.
Since joining Arsenal in 2017, Lacazette has not scored more than 14 league goals in a season.
But Cole thinks that is down to the forward not having the right system around him.
Cole says Arteta has not put complete faith in Lacazette for a sustained stretch of games, which ultimately has dented the player’s confidence.
“I’m surprised that he keeps leaving or doesn’t really have a position for Lacazette,” Cole said on talkSPORT.
“If you look at his record, he’ll score goals. If the team’s set up right, he’ll score goals.
“But I think ever since Arteta took over, I don’t think he’s given him a proper run [of] 10, 12 games, ‘go on, you’re going to be playing week in, week out for the next 10-12 games’.
“Yeah [you need that as a striker], you need to feel as if the manager believes in you.
“You can’t be going out there thinking ‘I might have today, 70 minutes, and the toaster’s up’. That’s what we used to call [the electronic board] when we were younger, the toaster.
“I don’t think Lacazette goes into a game with as much confidence as he should do, as being the so-called main centre-forward for Arsenal.”
Arsenal have failed to score a league goal in open play for over seven hours.
Lacazette was guilty of missing a clear-cut chance in the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa earlier this month.
After the game, Arteta vowed to help his striker get back to his best.
“My job is to get the best out of the players and put them in the best possible scenarios,” Arteta said.
“If they’re not performing it’s because we have to help them more.”
Lacazette could be handed his second European appearance of the season on Thursday when Arsenal visit Molde in the Europa League.