Alexandre Lacazette identifies why Arsenal failed to make the top four this season

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Arsenal have endured a substandard season (Picture: Getty Images)

Alexandre Lacazette says Arsenal missed out on the top four this season due to a lack of ‘rigour’ and ‘confidence’ in the side.

After the disappointing 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Tuesday night, the Gunners are guaranteed to finish outside of the top six for the first time in 25 years.

A poor start to the campaign under Unai Emery left the north London club marooned in mid-table, and while the arrival of Mikel Arteta has provided a boost in terms of morale and slightly improved results, Arsenal remain lightyears away from the leading clubs in the division.

Centre-forward Lacazette puts the Gunners’ shortfalls down to an absence of conviction in crunch games.

When asked what Arsenal needed to make the top four this campaign, Lacazette told Canal Plus: ‘We lacked rigour at key moments in the season.

‘We lacked on confidence as a team, because each time we were lacking, whether it was a player at the back or a player up top, who affected the team to the slightest extent.’

The season can still finish on a positive note if Mikel Arteta’s side can manage to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final and qualify for the Europa League.

Another shining light has been the emergence of Arsenal’s bright young talents such as Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, who could prove to be invaluable to Arteta moving forward.

‘They are very good youngsters, humble and working everyday,’ Lacazette added.

‘I think they are the future of the club because we know that these days clubs need their youngsters.

‘They are working, improving – Saka and Martinelli have had very good first seasons. And Joe Willock and Reiss [Nelson] help us with the small playing time that they have, which makes it not always that easy for them.’

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