Wenger: Lacazette and Sanchez can be Arsenal’s dynamic duo
After scoring in all three league games that he’s played at the Emirates, club's new No 9 is urged to find his scoring boots away from home
28 September, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
ARSENE Wenger says he is expecting “positive” things from the partnership between attacking duo Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez.
The Arsenal manager played the dynamic duo together for the first time in the Premier League on Monday night when West Brom visited the Emirates. And it only took them 20 minutes to combine to score the opening goal – albeit a fortuitous one.
Lacazette casually headed the ball into an open net after Baggies’ goalkeeper Ben Foster tipped Sanchez’s free-kick onto the crossbar.
It was far from a pretty goal, but it was one that Wenger has been patiently waiting for after Sanchez started the new season injured, while Lacazette worked on adapting to the English game.
“Both of them can score goals, and both of them can give assists so I expect a positive response from them on that,” Wenger said. “We work on the partnership in training, of course, but the very best way is to play them together in competitive circumstances.”
Lacazette is clearly loving life in north London, having scored in all three league games that he’s played at the Emirates. Wenger now wants Arsenal’s new No 9 to find his scoring boots away from home.
“He has found his confidence and I believe he is adapting quickly to the demands of the Premier League. I think it’s all quite positive,” said Wenger.
“Now he has to score away from home. He was unlucky in the game away to Stoke. Overall it’s a good sign that he keeps scoring at home.”
Meanwhile Granit Xhaka believes that if the supporters continue to get behind Arsenal the players will respond by becoming “a real force” on the pitch.
The Swiss midfielder added that since grinding out a goalless draw away at Chelsea the confidence within the team has gone from strength-to-strength.
“I think the game against Chelsea gave us morale and self-belief,” he said. “We then gave a good performance against West Brom, and kept another clean sheet, which is really important for us. We’re very satisfied with the 2-0 scoreline. I think with the fans behind us, we can play with freedom.
“At home we’re a force, you’ve seen that in the past and against West Brom. Now we need to do the same away.”