Mikel Arteta issues demand to Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette amid attacking woes

Mikel Arteta could be seen screaming instructions at Alexandre Lacazette during an Arsenal training session.

It comes days after their shock 3-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

The Gunners were desperately poor in all areas against Dean Smith's men, looking leaky at the back but also terrible going forward.

Arsenal managed just two shots against Villa despite fielding his preferred top three of Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Willian.

There have been calls from the fans to drop Lacazette after a poor run of form, with Eddie Nketiah waiting in the wings.

The Frenchman started the season in fine form, scoring in three consecutive matches before being benched against Sheffield United.

Since then, he has failed to find the net but could be given another chance next weekend when Arsenal take on Leeds United.

In preparation for that match, the players not on international duty were put through their paces at the club's Colney training ground – which was uploaded to YouTube.

One shot was particularly interesting, showing Arteta barking instructions at Lacazette during a rondo session with the likes of Joe Willock, Emile Smith Rowe and David Luiz.

The Spaniard was seen shouting: "Movement, Laca. Movement!"

Arteta has already admitted that any poor form from players is his responsibility as they look to bounce back from their Villa embarrassment.

"That's my job to get the best out of the players and put them in the best possible scenarios as much as possible," Arteta told reporters.

"If they're not performing it's because we have to help them more."

The manner of the defeat to Villa was particularly infuriating for the Gunners coach, though, who stated that if they wanted to tussle with the big teams again then this can not happen.

After the match, he said: “Big teams can’t afford that. We cannot afford that.

“You win a football match, two football matches, three. We expect to win every game and this is the standard that we have to set.

"So if someone believes that winning one or two games is good enough, they’re completely wrong and I’m not going to accept that.

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