Alexandre Lacazette explains differences between Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery at Arsenal

Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 32 Second Leg - Arsenal v Olympiacos - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - February 27, 2020 Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette shakes hands with manager Mikel Arteta as he is substituted off Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Alexandre Lacazette is having to work completely differently under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Reuters)

Alexandre Lacazette says it is hard to explain all the differences between Mikel Arteta and Unai Emery’s reigns at Arsenal, believing that the two managers could not be more contrasting in their approaches.

Lacazette was signed by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and has now played under three managers over a turbulent time for the club.

Emery’s only full season in charge of the club proved to be Lacazette’s most prolific in front of goal, with the Frenchman netting 19 times in all competitions, but he says it is a new world now under Arteta.

The striker is not necessarily being positive or negative about either manager’s approach, but says they are not in any way similar.

‘It is a completely different way to manage a squad, a team, a different tactical vision as well, it is hard to cite all the changes, there are so many,’ Lacazette told Canal Plus.

‘What the coach asks of me is different. They have completely different visions the pair of them.’

Arsenal v Olympique Lyonnais - Emirates Cup
Unai Emery didn’t foster a particularly good relationship with players at Arsenal (Picture:Getty Images)

Lacazette, as is the case with many Arsenal players, has been linked with a summer exit from the club, but Arteta is desperate to keep hold of the 29-year-old, who has scored 12 goals this season.

‘Why would I want to lose a player like him?’ Arteta questioned. ‘I’m really happy with him. I really like Alex, I said that even before I joined here that he is the type of striker that I really like.

‘I think he had periods where he was very unlucky because he was having the chances and not converting them which he is not used to.

‘But the way he can link play, he’s a massive competitor he hates to lose. He goes for every ball, you see in every challenge how he’s ready to go. He works really hard and he’s a very intelligent player, I am really happy with him.’

Lacazette’s contract runs until 2022 and is very likely to remain at the Emirates, especially with the budget tight for Arteta to sign replacements.

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