A number of Arsenal fans have urged Mikel Arteta to start Alexandre Lacazette in Sunday’s derby against Spurs.
The 29-year-old hasn’t exactly been a first-team fixture this term, with a relatively low nine starts in all competitions, but his last display was impressive.
Mikel Arteta deployed Lacazette at No. 10 in the midweek Europa League meeting with Rapid Vienna, and the Frenchman played a huge part in the 4-1 victory.
Lacazette opened the scoring just 10 minutes into the game with a brilliant long-range effort, had three shots in total – two on target – and fed passes to the runners either side of him.
Arsenal have struggled in terms of creativity for much of this season but Lacazette’s performance as a No. 10 could’ve potentially given Arteta food for thought going forward.
The £46.5million man also has a great record against Spurs, with three goals and two assists in his last three Premier League games against them.
With the above in mind, some Arsenal fans on social media have urged Lacazette to be named in the XI as a No. 10:
I think that number 10 roles fits laca he was brilliant yesterday deserves a start
— Gallaz T🇬🇲 (@alhagiemodout) December 4, 2020
@Arsenal the Laca 🚀 has taken off 🔥…let him start on Sunday.
— SB253 (@BarkhadleSaid) December 4, 2020
I would start Laca, one thing you can guarantee is Laca turning up against Spurs, Ainsley is inconsistent so probably not
— bailey #BackArteta (@afcbaileyy) December 5, 2020
Laca must start
— george thorne (@georget03959434) December 5, 2020
I think Laca played at no.10 could solve a lot of our problems.
Massive void left from Ozil not being in the squad.
Should start in behind Aubameyang on tomorrow with Willian and Saka put wide. https://t.co/6xFxkLMs8s
— FOX1910🇲🇵 (@Foxy1910NGA) December 5, 2020
— Wayne Adams 🏴 (@WayneAdams918) December 5, 2020
Lacazette joined Arsenal under Arsene Wenger’s watch in the summer of 2017 for a then club record £46.5million – up to £52.6million with add-ons – on a five-year deal.
The Frenchman’s time at the Emirates Stadium has been fruitful for the most part – although he did struggle at times last season, he finished the campaign strongly and lifted the FA Cup earlier this month.