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Alan Shearer absolutely nails his rant about Wenger dropping Lacazette vs Man City

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Alexis Sanchez upfront, Francis Coquelin in midfield and Alexandre Lacazette on the bench - safe to say Arsene Wenger made some bizarre decisions for Sunday's trip to Manchester City.

Arsenal fans have longed to see Sanchez, Lacazette and Mesut Ozil played together on a regular basis but, 11 games into the season, they're still not getting their wish.

And why? Well, only Wenger knows.

Dropping Lacazette to the bench against City was a repeat of what happened when Arsenal travelled to Liverpool in August.

Like at Anfield, where they lost 4-0, the Gunners started without an out-and-out striker at the Etihad and lost 3-1 - their fourth defeat already in the Premier League.

It remains to be seen exactly why Wenger started Sanchez upfront over Lacazette, but it certainly hasn't sent out the right message.

Whereas Sanchez wants to leave and tried moving to City in the summer, Lacazette made the decision to join Arsenal for £52 million. It makes no sense.

Wenger's tactics were a big talking point on Match of the Day 2, with pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright grilling the Frenchman for dropping Lacazette for such a big game.

It was Shearer who took the lead and he pretty much nailed his rant about Wenger spending £50 million on a striker and not playing him against the Premier League's best teams.


"He left him out at Anfield and again today, against your rivals," Shearer began. "You spend £50 million on a striker and think he will make the difference in the big games.

"He has scored six league goals, more than double anyone else in that Arsenal team.

"He played Sanchez today, who doesn't want to commit himself to the football club. What does that say to Lacazette and his teammates?

"He (Lacazette) has got every right to go and knock on Wenger's door tomorrow and say, 'Do you not fancy me or something?'"

Wright was in agreement with Shearer and added that he feels sorry for the French striker. He said: "l feel for him, he has only finished 90 minutes once.

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"He must be thinking, 'What do I need to do to get in this team?' Especially with how poorly Sanchez played.

"He can take a half-chance. He only played up front for 22 minutes then they brought [Olivier] Giroud on. It must be so frustrating for him."

Lacazette brought Arsenal back into the game within eight minutes of his arrival when he fired underneath Ederson to make it 2-1.

That's what the France international is capable of, scoring half chances, yet Wenger saw it best to leave him on the bench. Mind boggling.

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