'Done all he could': Sky pundit suggests £52m Arsenal player has run out of steam this season
Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith has claimed that Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has “done all he could do” this season.
The Gunners icon spoke on Sky Sports in wake of Arsenal’s 2-1 win at West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.
After Arsenal offloaded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, Lacazette was expected to play a huge part for the rest of the season.
The £52million man took over the captaincy from Aubameyang and was a regular for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Lacazette initially did well, registering several goals and assists between December and March.
However, the Frenchman then suffered a downturn in form.
Lacazette failed to score or assist against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Brighton.
He then the Southampton game following a positive covid test, and hasn’t started for Arsenal since.
Lacazette was an unused substitute for Arsenal’s last two Premier League games.
In addition, he only got one minute on the pitch against Chelsea on 20 April.
“At just the right time”
Meanwhile, Eddie Nketiah has enjoyed an upturn in form, starting against Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham.
The 22-year-old scored a brace at Stamford Bridge and dazzled against the Red Devils and the Hammers.
“Nketiah’s emergence has come just at the right time for Arsenal,” Smith said on Sky Sports.
“Because Alexandre Lacazette looked like he’d done all he could do this season.
“To come in and do what he’s done is fantastic.”
Nketiah’s contract runs out in the summer and he has previously spoken of his desire for first-team football.
Now he’s starting regularly for Arsenal, he could well opt to pen fresh terms.
Nketiah certainly fits the bill for the Gunners, a Hale End graduate who’s got plenty of footballing years ahead of him.
Meanwhile, Lacazette – a 30-year-old on £182,000-a-week wages – now looks the likelier of the two to leave the Emirates in summer.
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