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'Alexis was one of the reasons I came here'

Alexandre Lacazette says playing alongside Alexis was a factor behind his move to us.

The pair have only started twice together since the Frenchman’s move to north London, but the early signs have been positive, with Arsène Wenger commenting on the duo’s “promising combination” after Sunday’s win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

“That’s also one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Arsenal - to play with players of [Alexis’] calibre,” Lacazette told Arsenal Player. “Just seeing him in training, I like the way he plays and his mental attitude. His approach makes me want to play alongside him - hopefully for many years.”

Lacazette has already scored four goals for us since joining from Lyon, and the striker is satisfied with his start to life in the Premier League.

“I’m enjoying it,” he added. “The Arsenal staff are excellent and they’ve helped me a lot. Also, the fact that there are quite a few French players in the club has made the transition much easier for me. On the pitch too, I feel a good connection with the fans, so overall I am very happy.

“The main difference is that the game is a lot more physical. The pace of the game is also very different. I now really understand what it means to play box-to-box. 

“Things can move so fast that you don’t have time to catch your breath or think about the next move. As I said, though, the main difference is that the game is much more physical.”


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With a combined 14 goals and eight assists already, Alexis, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette are making a name for themselves as one of the Premier League’s most devastating attacking forces.

The trio have been Arsène Wenger’s first-choice frontline this season and, despite only playing together regularly since September, Lacazette already knows his team-mates’ best qualities.
“For Mesut, it’s about passes, his vision of the game and passes,” he told Arsenal Player. “And for Alexis, perseverance. He always wants to go further, be stronger and rise higher. As well as being very fast, he always wants go even further.
“I already get on very well with them in every day life. On the pitch, we’ve gotten to a point where we understand one another better, better than at the beginning. We learn more every day. But we already know how the other likes to play so it’s easier for us.
“The coach puts all three of us together or puts us into pairs. Then, I’m the one who has to get to know them more, rather than them as they’ve been playing together for quite a few years.
“It takes time to adapt. It will take days, weeks, maybe months, I don’t know. But, it’s not a problem, but I know that in time we’ll get on even better.”


‘Why it’s fun to play with Lacazette and Alexis’

After the performances they gave at Goodison Park last Sunday, it’s no surprise to learn that Mesut Ozil is loving playing alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis.

All three players scored in our win at Everton - Alexis set up Ozil, Ozil set up Lacazette and all three linked well throughout. So why did their combination work so well?

“We are three players who have individual strengths,” Ozil said, “I see it in training when we play together. 

“I’m pleased that things worked well against Everton. We made chances, scored goals and it’s a lot of fun to play with these guys.

“I feel 100 per cent fit now. I had knee problems [earlier this season] but in the game at Everton you saw that I’m fully fit and I was relieved to help the team.”

We host Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, having won our last 12 home matches in all competitions.

“At Emirates we’re more comfortable as we have the fans behind us,” Ozil added. “We need to get the same results in away games to be at top at the end of the table. We’re happy to be strong at home and need to show that against Swansea too.”



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