Interview

Jack - Why I'm buzzing for Lacazette

It was a fine return to the Arsenal team for Alexandre Lacazette after recovering from the injury that kept him out for close to two months.

The France international stepped off the bench to play a key role as we beat Stoke City, and afterwards Jack Wilshere told us why he was so pleased for his team-mate:
 
on getting the result we deserved…
We expected that a little bit. When they sit deep it’s hard to break them down, and you have to be at your best on the ball and I don’t think we were in the first half. Sometimes it’s like that after an international break, it takes 45 minutes to blow the cobwebs off. I think in the second half we tried to up it and as the game went on, they got tired, we upped it and our attacking play was too much for them.

on how important it was to keep defensive focus…
We knew they were going to sit in to hit us on the counter. You have to set yourself up so that if you lose the ball, you’re ready to press straight away. In the first half we weren’t really doing that. It was more stretched and we kept losing cheap balls, but in the second half we were much better.

on Lacazette and Aubameyang delivering…
I’m buzzing for Laca. I know how hard he’s worked. He didn’t take his injury well, but nobody does. He was down but he knew what it takes to come back. He’s worked hard and only trained a couple of days, but he was out there and looked like he’s not been away. It’s good for the team, good for him and I’m happy for him.

on CSKA Moscow…
It’s a big game. We needed that 90 minutes out of the way. We needed to get the three points, move on and keep the momentum going. We’ve won a few in a row and wanted to keep that going. Now we’ve got a big one on Thursday and we’re ready for that.