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Alexandre Lacazette during Sporting 0-1 Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette explains the big differences between Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal supporters are buzzing at the moment, and with good reason - their team is in the midst of an impressive 11-game winning run.

Ahead of Sunday's trip to Crystal Palace, the Gunners find themselves in the Premier League top four and hopeful of a successful season.

Whilst bringing in the likes of Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira, the biggest change at the club over the summer was undoubtedly in the managerial position.

After 22 years in charge, Arsene Wenger was replaced by Unai Emery, and Alexandre Lacazette has already pinpointed some key differences between the pair.

In fact, the French striker had no trouble explaining the instruction Wenger gave him last season that new boss Emery has already told him to change.

Lacazette under Wenger

Lacazette arrived at the Emirates Stadium last year from Lyon for an initial £46.5 million fee and ended up scoring 17 goals in 39 matches.

Lacazette celebrates scoring against West Brom

That's a pretty decent return, but a major feature of his one and only campaign under Wenger was his regular substitution in games, and he's now explained how it felt.

"Yes, I was (disappointed) last season, I knew I had to score in one hour," Lacazette said to Arsenal legend Ian Wright on Premier League Today, via The Mirror.

"When you’re a striker, you want to play all the games and most chances come at the end because defenders are tired.

Lacazette gets subbed off by Arsene Wenger against Burnley

"That’s why I was frustrated, but it was my first season and all my family said “don’t be like this, enjoy the club”. Now I feel I can (stay on for the full 90 minutes)."

What Emery has told Lacazette to change

The 27-year-old also pinpointed a tactical aspect that ex-Paris Saint-Germain manager Emery has got him to change in his first few months in charge.

"With Arsene, yes (he wanted me to stay in the 18-yard box). With Unai, it’s different. He wants me to play my game; do more runs behind and come more in the contribution of the game."

Lacazette celebrates at Fulham

Emery v Wenger: The big difference

Lacazette added: "On the pitch, yeah, we feel different. (Working harder?) Yes, because there is more tactics now. I like it. It’s the best way to improve."

It's early days, but Emery's philosophy certainly seems to be working so far, and only time will tell how the Gunners fare against tougher opposition.

Next weekend's clash against high-flying Liverpool is the perfect match to see just how far Arsenal have improved since Wenger made way for Emery.

What are YOUR thoughts on Lacazette's comparisons between Emery and Wenger? Do YOU think Arsenal will become a major force again under Emery? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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Lucas Torreira
Unai Emery
Alexandre Lacazette
Arsene Wenger
Premier League
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