Press conference

The boss gives the latest on Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette was substituted at half-time after opening the scoring in our 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

Arsène Wenger was asked about our summer signing after the game, and our performance against David Wagner’s side. Here’s what he said:

on Alexandre Lacazette…
Lacazette has a groin problem and will certainly be out for Saturday’s game.

on the performance…
I felt that I was not pleased with everything, but we started well and I think after that we slowly lot a bit of our edge, the urgency in our game and a little bit as well in the second half we gave them one or two chances. We missed as well the second goal, but after that once we scored we played with freedom, with drive, with creativity and our link play became fantastic to watch in the last 20 minutes.

on why we struggled in the first half…
I’m convinced that we played with a bit of fear at one-nil at some stage because we didn’t play with the freedom, the passes didn’t come early enough. We played a bit inhibited and when we scored the second goal everybody was suddenly had more movement and passed the ball quicker, they struggled as well maybe and thought that was game over. Maybe we benefited as well from the fact that they had to give a lot for 70 minutes and they collapsed a little bit in the last 20.