Former Republic of Ireland international Tony Cascarino believes that Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette should look to Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for inspiration, as the Frenchman looks to try and get his Gunners career back on track.
The France international, who joined Arsenal back in July 2017, extended his run of games without a goal to nine at the weekend as the Londoners played out a goalless draw with Burnley at Turf Moor, meaning the striker has not scored since Mikel Arteta took over as head coach back in mid-December.
Chances did come Arsenal’s way but Lacazette was unable to muster a single shot on target.
Lacazette’s barren run in front of goal has come as a surprise to most, with the former Lyon striker having found the net six times in the Premier League this season prior to Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium.
But a new style of play is bound to take time to get used to, just as it did for Aguero at Manchester City when Pep Guardiola took over back in the summer of 2016. Even though Aguero was scoring goals from the off under Guardiola’s stewardship, it still took him time to adapt to the style of play the Spaniard wanted from him.
And Cascarino believes Lacazette is currently going through the same transitional stage, but insists that the striker needs to “up his game.”
In his column for The Times, Cascarino said: “Alexandre Lacazette needs to up his game. It was not a great game at Turf Moor yesterday and the Arsenal man’s poor display stood out. He just does not look as if he is capable of playing the way Mikel Arteta wants. He doesn’t seem to fit the system.
“Sergio Agüero would be a good example for him to follow. He knew he could no longer get into the Manchester City team just as a goalscorer. He had to work hard too. If Lacazette does not realise that soon, he may find he is not an Arsenal player next season.”
To date, Lacazette has 42 goals for the Gunners, though this current period will be the most frustrating he has experienced since arriving in England.