Arsene Wenger pleased with striker’s contribution despite criticism

Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports that he substituted record signing Alexandre Lacazette because of the chances the attacker missed during Sunday’s goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

The attacker made way for Alexis Sanchez in the 65 minute as the Gunners chased a winning goal, but Wenger insists he was happy with his contribution. When questioned whether he took off the Frenchman because of the many chances he had missed, Wenger claimed he only substituted the attacker because of the intensity of the games as he had more options on the bench.

With Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud all on the substitute’s bench, Wenger insisted bringing on a fresh attacker was the right call to make.

Lacazette has netted just two times for the Gunners since he signed for them this summer and Wenger wants to help him get to terms with English football systematically.

With Welbeck sidelined, the Frenchman may well offer more rest time to Lacazette as he would be expected to give opportunities to Sanchez and Giroud in their Carabao Cup game this week.

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