Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has thrown his backing behind Alexandre Lacazette to step up in the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; starting against Sheffield United.
The French striker is currently on something of a mini-drought having not scored in his last five Premier League games.
His last Gunners goal came against Standard Liege in the Europa League on December 12, and some fans have been growing concerned about the former Lyon ace’s form.
In the eyes of Smith though, Lacazette could flourish against the Blades this weekend.
He wrote in a piece for The Evening Standard: “Arsenal’s no9 isn’t just a predator. He works hard off the ball and links the play very well.
“He shouldn’t purely be judged by his strike rate.
“I’m inclined to keep faith in a player more than capable of rediscovering his touch in front of goal.
“With young guns such as Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah acting as back-up, I’d fancy the senior man to respond fairly promptly, which might mean Sheffield United feeling the brunt.”
TBR’s view – Lacazette must take centre stage
Lacazette’s return of six goals so far this season is fairly unspectacular, and he’ll need a few more to quieten some Arsenal supporters down.
Of course his link-up player is strong, but in the next few games he won’t have Aubameyang in and around him.
He needs to show that he can be the source of goals when the Gabon superstar is unavailable, but steely Sheffield United could make life difficult this weekend.