Thierry Henry has said that Granit Xhaka is the key to Arsenal getting the best from new forward Alexandre Lacazette (via Sky Sports).
It wasn’t hard to be impressed with Alexandre Lacazette’s Premier League debut against Leicester City last Friday.
A goal within 90 seconds and a solid performance throughout have given the Arsenal fans some optimism for the club’s new record signing.
Now, another French striker who played for Arsenal has revealed how he thinks the club can get the best out of the former Lyon man and it revolves around midfielder Granit Xhaka.
“Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top,” Thierry Henry told Monday Night Football. “He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes.
“Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball? That’s the best ball in the game because you go straight to goal. They don’t like it”
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Henry was speaking of Alexandre Lacazette and said he was impressed with the Frenchman’s Premier League debut.
“I like him. His overall play is on point. Obviously, he is going to have to score goals and goals and goals to get the crowd going, but the way he has started is very good.
“The most important thing is that he does score goals. Obviously, I am going to be biased because he is French and he plays for Arsenal but I like his overall play. Very neat, very clean, he does whatever the game is asking him to do.”
Thierry Henry wasn’t alone in being impressed with Lacazette’s first league match in England. He took to the game very well and things will only get better as the new man settles into both the league and his new team. Let’s hope that goal was the first of many in the Premier League this season.