‘He was magnificent’: Peter Crouch lavishes £37.8m-rated ace with praise after display

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Peter Crouch has been left blown away by the performance of Alexandre Lacazette in the 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna.

The France international scored a stunning long-range opening goal as he sent the Gunners on their way to a thrashing of the Austrian outfit.

On BT Sport’s coverage of the clash, the former Liverpool man claimed that the Frenchman, who has been benched for the last two Premier League games, gave Mikel Arteta food for thought.

Crouch said: “Listen, he’s given the manager food for thought. Off that performance today I’d say so. “I thought he was magnificent. He’s involved in everything from that deeper role, he was dictating possession, he was passing the ball sharply, he scored a fantastic goal, he had other opportunities to score.” (via BT Sports, 10:05 pm, 3rd December)

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Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette

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After a great start to the campaign, Lacazette fell off horribly and thus lost his place in the starting XI. However, last night’s performance could well start to build the confidence of the forward back up to where Arteta will want it to be.

The 29-year-old was simply purring in the number 10 role behind Eddie Nketiah, having the joint-most shots, winning the most fouls and completing the second-most dribbles. It was a throwback to the old Lacazette, who was brimming with confidence on his way to winning the player of the year award following the 2018/2019 season.

It’s going to be a tough ask against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, but, the £37.8m-rated forward could well be the difference-maker. His energy and desire to do the dirty work compared to his teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang means he should be certain to start.

The Gunners have missed the ace’s all-round game in recent weeks with the club captain’s displaying a stunning lack of effort whilst filling the number nine role. Lacazette, now full of confidence, could make a difference to the side’s attack come Sunday.

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