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‘Let me get this straight’: BBC pundit slams Arteta’s call not to start £46m Arsenal man on Sunday

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‘Let me get this straight’: BBC pundit slams Arteta’s call not to start £46m Arsenal man on Sunday

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has come under criticism from BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks for not starting Alexandre Lacazette in their Premier League defeat on Sunday.

The Gunners boss left the £46million striker out of the starting XI for the meeting with Wolves at the Emirates Stadium, which the visitors won 2-1.

Arteta opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the line and Joe Willock, Bukayo Saka and Willian behind him.

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Lacazette didn’t come on until the 80th minute of the game, the 29-year-old replacing Granit Xhaka as Arsenal chased an equaliser to no avail.

“Once again, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta left his best striker – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – isolated for much of the match and brought on Alexandre Lacazette (a proven goalscorer) with only 10 minutes remaining,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.


“So let me get this straight – the Gunners were playing at home against Wolves and played with only one recognised goalscorer up front?”

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Admittedly, Lacazette hasn’t been at his best this season – he scored a goal in each of Arsenal’s first three Premier League games but hasn’t netted since, and has had to make do with a place on the bench several times.

That said, the Frenchman isn’t the only Gunners man misfiring – Aubameyang hasn’t been in good form either, and the outcome has been a poor league start.

Arsenal’s 13-point tally is their lowest after their opening 10 matches of any league campaign since 1981-82, with a shocking five defeats in their last eight league games.

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