Alexandre Lacazette reacts to ending Arsenal goal drought in Newcastle United thrashing

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette
Lacazette looked like a player that’s had a weight lifted off his shoulders (Picture: Getty Images)

Alexandre Lacazette thanked Arsenal fans for sticking by him as he ended a run of nine games without a goal in the emphatic 4-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday.

The 28-year-old was left on the bench in place of youngster Eddie Nketiah, but came on with five minutes left and notched his team’s fourth goal with a scruffy finish.

After the game, Lacazette posted on Twitter: ‘Missed that scoring feeling. Thank you to everyone for your support and celebrations, feels so good to [be] back.’

Spanish boss Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, said the Frenchman’s confidence would be massively boosted by ending his drought.

He told BBC Sport: ‘I’m so pleased for Laca – the reaction of the players and staff towards him.

‘He fights hard for everyone. He’s been unlucky. He will gain confidence from this and knows how everyone appreciates him.’

Arsenal face a tough trip to Athens on Thursday night where they take on Olympiacos in the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Then they play Carlo Ancelloti’s reinvigorated Everton side back at the Emirates on Sunday.

So both Lacazette and Nketiah, whose season-long loan spell at Leeds United was cut short, will get plenty of game-time leading the line for the Gunners.

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