Charlie Nicholas is hopeful that Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette can come back after the winter break in much better form after his recent dip.
The 28-year-old forward has endured a difficult spell in front of goal recently and hasn’t hit the heights he’s usually capable of.
He’s managed just six goals in 22 matches across all competitions this campaign and hasn’t found the back of the net since December.
The French striker has started all seven of Mikel Arteta’s Premier League games in charge since his appointment at the Emirates Stadium and is yet to repay his faith with a goal.
The North London club return to action on Sunday for a home league clash against Newcastle United and it will be intriguing to see if Lacazette retains his position in the starting XI.
Sky Sports pundit Nicholas believes that Lacazette is someone playing without confidence at the moment.
“They are becoming a side that is hard to beat but Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still do not have the balance right in terms of scoring goals,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Lacazette also has no confidence at the moment, but let’s hope it is more positive after the break.”
Lacazette could certainly find himself out of the Arsenal team if his form continues in the next few weeks, as his goal output has completely dried up and he is struggling.
But they have back-to-back homes games in the league coming up against Newcastle and Everton, as well as the two-legged Europa League tie against Olympiakos.
There are certainly plenty of forward options for Arteta with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Lacazette, which is why the latter has to try raise his game when he’s back after the break.