Stephen Warnock has taken to Instagram to label Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette as “embarrassing” after the Frenchman pretended to have been headbutted during Thursday night’s win over Vitoria Guimaraes.
Arsenal came from behind twice to beat the Portuguese side, as a stunning brace from previously struggling summer signing Nicolas Pepe saw the Gunners take the spoils in the 92nd minute. Pepe scored both of his goals from free-kicks.
During the second half with the score at 2-1 to Vitoria, Lacazette pretended he had been headbutted by Victor Garcia but replays showed there was no contact. The Frenchman fell to the floor, looking to get the Vitoria man sent off.
Former England defender Warnock has given his verdict on Lacazette’s decision to fake a headbutt and go to to ground, and he labelled the France striker as “embarrassing” as he tried to deceive referee Serdar Gözübüyük.
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In a time when our game is covered so much on tv & social media, setting an example to youngsters is more important now than ever. How embarrassing is this! How can you go down so easily @lacazettealex ??? This isn’t what the game is about. • • #arsenal #lacazette #embarrassing #shame #afc #football #soccer #instavideo #instagram #insta #cheat
TBR’s view – Lacazette deserves retrospective action for dive
It is not as though Lacazette is in possession and he has gone down under a challenge, but there was no contact. This is an incident in which Lacazette has tried to get a player sent off – Rivaldo style.
For kids watching their beloved Arsenal players, to see one of their heroes play-acting and rolling around on the floor is more than just “embarrassing”. This kind of thing needs eradicating before the younger generation pick it up as the norm.
Lacazette, who joined Arsenal for a whopping £46.5million (BBC), will be a favourite among young Arsenal fans – after scoring 38 goals in 93 appearances for the Gunners. He is a role model to many.
The only way to stop professional players from doing it is by handing out lengthy bans to those who choose to throw themselves to the floor. Lacazette should be banned for at least the rest of the Europa League group stage.