Aug 6, 2017
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Analysing Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal debut in victory over Chelsea

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There was plenty of hype and expectation surrounding the competitive debut of Alexandre Lacazette as Arsenal emerged at Wembley. The Frenchman was set to lead the line against Chelsea and he did a good job, despite not finding the back of the net, before being taken off in the 66th minute.

From the very first minute, Lacazette showed a desire to get on the ball and was prepared to drift wide and deep in order to pick up the ball and create opportunities. His movement and quick pass and move style meant that he would often be the one both intiating and finishing moves.

The former Lyon man looked to spread the ball wide to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin before darting into a space in the box. Those late moves gave the likes of David Luiz a headache as he struggled to adjust to the quick and late runs by Lacazette.

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He did also come close to scoring, hitting the post with a curled effort which had left Thibaut Courtois beaten in the Chelsea goal. That kind of quality in front of goal is something that has been missing from the Arsenal front-line for some time. If he can show such clinical finishing on a regular basis, then he could replicate his prolific record from Ligue Un in the Premier League.

It may only have been a debut in a fairly uncompetitive fixture in the Community Shield at Wembley, but Lacazette showed plenty of reasons that Arsenal fans should be excited about the arrival of the French international.

If the striker can perform like this on a consistent basis up-front, he could be one of the players to keep an eye on in the Premier League this season and may even push the Gunners to the next level in their push to return to the top four.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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