Lacazette displays delight Arteta

12 April 2021 19:07:14 GMTPlus10

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta hopes striker Alexandre Lacazette can continue his excellent recent form for the remainder of the season.

The Frenchman scored twice in Sunday's 3-0 Premier League win at bottom club Sheffield United, reaching 50 goals for the club in the process, and he has a big role to play as the Gunners aim to win the Europa League.

If he's able to continue this run, it will mean that the team is doing well and we are winning football matches.

Mikel Arteta

Lacazette couldn't find the net in last week's home leg of their quarter-final tie against Slavia Prague.

Nicolas Pepe looked to have given them a vital victory when he scored in the 86th minute, but Slavia equalised in injury-time at the Emirates, leaving Arsenal with plenty of work to do in Thursday's return leg.

Arteta's men had an easier time at Bramall Lane on Sunday as Lacazette's brace either side of a goal from Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli gave them a comfortable win.

The Gunners are still only ninth in the table, ten points off the top four, so winning the Europa League looks to be their only realistic route back into the Champions League.

Asked about Lacazette's recent performances, Arteta said: "He's in great form with a high level of confidence and he needs to keep doing it right up until the end of the season.

"If he's able to continue this run, it will mean that the team is doing well and we are winning football matches.

"In the last six months I've seen a big change from him, how he's interacting with people, how he's communicating with his team-mates and the leadership he is taking on the pitch and off the field as well. That's really positive."

Arsenal are 1.40 to progress past Slavia in the Europa League on Thursday, with the Gunners 5.00 to go all the way and win the competition.

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