LONDON: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta praised French striker Alexandre Lacazette for disregarding a back again harm to arrive off the bench and rating the winner at Brighton & Hove Albion as the Londoners last but not least seemed to get the blend of youth and practical experience proper.
Lacazette came on in the 2nd 50 percent to change the match, teeing up teenage winger Bukayo Saka’s move with his very first contact before scoring with his second to safe a 1- acquire that ends a difficult yr on a favourable notice for the Gunners.
“I feel this is what all the managers aspiration for, to carry individuals from the bench and earn you the video game like he’s performed tonight,” Arteta explained to reporters.
“I believe he is been in genuinely good type in the previous few weeks, he’s been scoring targets, he’s whole of self-confidence. These days he experienced a sore again, he could not commence the activity. But he arrived on and won the game for us which is massively significant,” he added.
Saka, who scored in Arsenal’s 3-1 Boxing Working day acquire about Chelsea, was a constant threat as Arteta’s youthful gamers gelled with their more experienced staff mates enroute to victory.
“They have to have the right senior gamers among them to shine. I consider they confirmed the most significant quality, which is the personality to arrive to any ground and play with freedom and enjoy currently being a footballer,” Arteta mentioned.
Having secured consecutive wins for the 1st time considering that September, the Spanish coach is hoping his facet can kick on in the New Yr.
“We have managed via this time period to preserve our crew spirit and our cohesion. Occasionally that is not easy to do, since naturally the disappointment that arrives out with defeats ordinarily has an effect on the staff,” Arteta spelled out.
“Hopefully now we can go on a operate of video games and be extra favourable for that.”