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Granit Xhaka responds brilliantly to Henry saying Lacazette needs more service

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Make no bones about it, Alexandre Lacazette and his new Arsenal teammates will take time to get used to each other's style of play.

Whereas Lacazette is small, nimble and loves making darting runs in behind opposition defences, the Gunners are used to having a target man like Olivier Giroud.

There are a certain few players who will thrive from having a player like Lacazette to provide for, though, like Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal's two main playmakers have superb vision which, if combined with Lacazette's movement, could make for a deadly combination.

Against Leicester City on the opening day, though, there were a number of occasions where Arsenal's record signing made runs in behind but didn't receive any service.

While analysing the game afterwards on Sky Sports, Thierry Henry picked up on Arsenal's players failing to see Lacazette's runs and pinpointed two examples involving Xhaka.

The Swiss midfielder had multiple opportunities to carve open Leicester's defence but played it simple to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain instead. Check out Henry's analysis below.

"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? 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."


Xhaka, having watched Henry's analysis, has now responded and it's safe to say Arsenal fans will love his attitude.

"I heard that and it is an honour for a player like Thierry to say that about me and give me that compliment," he said, per the Evening Standard.

"I watched the analysis and saw the comments, of course for me it is my aim to get Laca in the game as well as all the players in front of me.

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"In the next few weeks hopefully it'll get better and I can do that.”

Well said, Granit. Henry believes Xhaka is capable of playing incisive passes to Lacazette, as evidenced by his assist for Aaron Ramsey, and wants him to do it more often.

The 24-year-old doesn't lack confidence and appears to be up to the challenge.

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