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‘Something we can use’: Arteta hints alternative role could await £52m Arsenal star amid recent struggles

Mikel Arteta has suggested Alexandre Lacazette has the capacity to play a little bit deeper for Arsenal than his usual number nine position.

The Frenchman has dropped out of the starting XI in recent matches, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moving into a more central position.

But the change is not having the desired impact, and Arsenal are struggling to create chances and score goals.

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Fans have been discussing who could be the solution to the problem, and very few have suggested the idea of Lacazette featuring in a deeper role to pull the strings.

But it’s an idea Arteta floated at his press conference yesterday.

He said (club’s official website): “We wanted to play our team so we had two strikers. A way to do it with the qualities of Eddie and Laca was to drop Laca a little bit [deeper] in some situations. It’s something he’s very comfortable doing, while Eddie’s more of a pure No 9. It’s something we can use as well in the present and the future.”

It remains to be seen if Arteta will seek to start £52 million star Lacazette (BBC Sport) as a second striker playing off the shoulder of Aubameyang.

TBR’s View – Worth a try for Arteta

At the moment, Arsenal are really struggling in the final third and Aubameyang has been starved of chances.

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The pair have previously shown they have a good connection, so Lacazette operating a bit deeper than the Gabon star might bring some success.

It’s a tactic that has been working very well for Tottenham Hotspur with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, so perhaps the Gunners could seek to replicate that.

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Original article: https://tbrfootball.com/mikel-arteta-hints-at-alternative-role-for-arsenal-striker-alexandre-lacazette/

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