Author of a double during the return quarter of the Europa League, the French Alexandre Lacazette brought the Gunners to Prague.
Criticized after the first leg at the Emirates, Alexandre Lacazette tonight offered the qualification to his people. In the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague, the French striker, captain for a night and scorer of a brace, carried Arsenal.
Not always titular with the London club this season, Alexandre Lacazette scored a big blow tonight. In the absence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the captain of the Gunners since November 2019 having announced having contracted malaria, it is the former Lyonnais who started the meeting with the armband. And the least we can say is that he has taken his new role very seriously.
The striker, Gunner since 2017, was talked about even before kick-off. Left alone in the center in front of the group of Czech players a few moments before the start of the meeting, Alexandre Lacazette dropped to the knee, followed by his teammates. A gesture of protest against the racism of all Londoners which intervened a few days after the suspension for ten matches of the defender of Slavia Prague, Ondrej Kudela, for “racist behavior”.
Mistreated in the league, Mikel Arteta’s men are now looking to the Europa League to save their season. And in the absence of their usual captain, the former Lyonnais played the savior. Clumsy on the way out despite several big opportunities, the Habs this time found the net twice, scoring the second and fourth goals for the Gunners. The first on a penalty and the second, which owes nothing to anyone.
Already scoring a brace in the Premier League last week against Sheffield, this is the second game in a row in which Alexandre Lacazette shakes the opposing cage twice. Even stronger, during his last 16 tenures, the former gone has found the net 13 times.
With this new victory, Lacazette qualifies for his fourth semi-final over the last five editions played with Arsenal or Olympique Lyonnais. With this great performance, the Blues striker showed his coach that he could count on him. To hope to finally win his first Europa League? First element of response on April 29 against Villareal.