Sokratis Papastathopoulos backs Alexandre Lacazette to step up during Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suspension

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Aubameyang vs Lacazette this season Premier LeagueAuba – 14 goalsLaca – 5 goalsFA CupAuba – 0 goalsLaca – 0 goalsCarabao CupAuba – 0 goalsLaca – 0 goalsEuropa LeagueAuba – 2 goalsLaca – 1 goal Aubameyang was sent off during Arsenal’s draw at Selhurst Park (Picture: Getty)While Sokratis concedes that Lacazette appears to have been ‘struggling’ at times this season, he’s confident the Frenchman can come in and do a job for the team.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s a machine, a goal machine,’ Sokratis told Arsenal’s official website.‘He’s a very good player. In some games, from the outside, you can’t see what he can do. Or maybe he is a little bit struggling.‘But we have to see also how is the game and which guy he has behind him. Arteta has faith in Arsenal forward Lacazette (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Arteta has called on Lacazette and the rest of his attackers to ‘step forward’ in Aubameyang’s absence.‘They now have to make a step forward now he is not able to contribute to the team with goals,’ the Spaniard said.‘Someone else has to do it and I want to see that reaction too.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta added: ‘Losing probably the most important player is never nice.‘We have other players that can play in that position.‘We will try to find a way and be as competitive as possible.’MORE: Manchester United should prioritise signing Bruno Fernandes over James Maddison, says Paul Parker Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jan 2020 6:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link835Sharescenter_img Sokratis Papastathopoulos backs Alexandre Lacazette to step up during Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suspension Sokratis Papastathopoulos is confident Alexandre Lacazette can step up in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence (Picture: Getty)Sokratis Papastathopoulos has backed Alexandre Lacazette to step up and take responsibility for Arsenal’s goals during Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s three-match suspension.Aubameyang scored his 14th goal of the Premier League season before being sent off for a reckless challenge on Max Meyer in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace last weekend.The red card means Aubameyang will miss Arsenal’s upcoming league matches against Sheffield United and Chelsea as well as the side’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Bournemouth.Aubameyang is far and away Arsenal’s leading scorer this term, with 16 goals in all competitions, and his enforced absence will have come as a major blow to new head coach Mikel Arteta.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement ‘I think he is a very good player, we are with him every time, he is with us and we will show all together in the future a lot of things.‘I think Laca is coming better and better. He’s very important, a massively important player for us.‘Altogether we have to improve, to step up and to show that the year is not finished and that we have to fight for this.’last_img

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