Arsenal striker Lacazette slammed for performance which should ‘worry’ fans

Alexandre Lacazette's performance for Arsenal against Aston Villa was the 'worst' by a Premier League striker in a long time, according to Stan Collymore.

Lacazette has scored three goals this season for the Gunners, who have struggled to create chances for their attackers since Mikel Arteta's arrival last December.

Against Villa at the Emirates, Lacazette had a chance to equalise at the far post with a header but wastefully planted his effort over the bar.

It was one of the few opportunities Arsenal had on a night where they were thoroughly outplayed in a 3-0 defeat and Lacazette was comfortably dealt with by Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konza.

And Collymore did not sugarcoat his thoughts on the French striker's display.

"Alexandre Lacazette's performance against Aston Villa was the worst I have seen from a Premier League striker for some time," he told the Daily Mirror.

"Everybody plays poorly, but what I saw from the Frenchman was an indifference, a lack of working for his team and a lack of doing the basics right, which should worry Arsenal fans."

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Arteta's decision to play Lacazette as the lead striker has pushed captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out to the left, where he has similarily struggled to influence matches.

And Arteta has acknowledged more needs to be done to get Aubameyang into more scoring positions.

He said: "A team function is a collective thing that we have to do more.

"We certainly are getting in some situations, but the end product is something we have to improve and about the position and his movement and where we can find him, of course we can talk about is this the right or wrong place for him, but when things were working and he was scoring that debate wasn't there.

"What is certain is that with these numbers, scoring this amount of goals is impossible to fight with the top teams so we have to maintain the numbers that we have defensively in our organisation and for sure we have to improve our numbers attacking-wise if we want to be challenging and if you want to be consistent in winning football matches."

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