Alexandre Lacazette needed just 94 seconds to score in his first appearance in the Premier League, his goal against Leicester City giving Arsenal the lead in a match they would eventually win 4-3.
It was the perfect way for the French striker to introduce himself to the Gunners faithful following his £46.5 million move from Lyon in July.
And while it would end up being Lacazette’s rival to start, Olivier Giroud, who was the hero, the 26-year-old seems pleased enough with how last week’s season opener went.
“It was a rollercoaster ride but it went well,” Lacazette said, per the Mirror.
“We let in some goals we could have avoided but we'll work to ensure we don't concede any more like that during the season. Fortunately we ended the game on a high.”
If Lacazette feared making a slow start to his Arsenal career, an early goal was the perfect way to calm the nerves. The club’s fans are now hopeful that their new forward will continue to find the back of the net.
Henry analysed Lacazette's movement
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry analysed Lacazette’s performance for Sky Sports and he noticed that his compatriot isn’t being helped by his teammates.
In one passage of play, there were two moments when Granit Xhaka could have played a direct, penetrating pass to Lacazette but opted not to, instead making an easy pass to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and then, when the ball was returned to him, simply maintaining possession when Lacazette was hoping for a ball over the top.
“Why do you want to play that, what I would call ‘The Arsenal Ball’, to the winger that comes in the pocket?,” Henry said.
“Why don’t you play that ball?,” Henry asks, gesturing to Lacazette. “That’s the best ball in the game because you go straight to goal and they [pointing to Jamie Carragher, a former centre-back] don’t like it. [Wes] Morgan is in a dilemma here.
“Did you lose the ball? No I didn’t lose the ball. Did it look pretty? Yes, but we want to go there, we want to go to goal. That’s where we want to go.”
Henry then points out Lacazette’s disappointed reaction after Xhaka failed to play the ball to him.
Watch the two-time Premier League winner’s expert breakdown below.
Xhaka was one of the Arsenal’s best players against Leicester but it hints at a lack of self-assurance that he didn’t fancy attempting either pass.
Cesc Fabregas, Paul Pogba and Kevin de Bruyne all would have given it a go.
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