Arsenal boss Wenger blames Lacazette miss on Aubameyang - FCNaija

La Liga By: Ambrose Udeme | 12/02/2018

Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal FC

Arsenal boss Arsene 'blamed' Alexandre Lacazette's late miss during Saturday's North London derby on the club's record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Wenger suggests Aubameyang's arrival has dented Lacazette’s confidence in front of goal after the Frenchman blew a golden chance to bring Arsenal back on level at Wembley.

Lacazette was immediately dropped to the bench following the arrival of Aubameyang in a club-record deal from Borussia Dortmund and was only introduced in the 65th minute against Tottenham on Saturday. After his introduction, the former Lyon forward ballooned a late volley well over the bar before somehow scuffing a one-on-one past Hugo Lloris’ far post in stoppage time to fluff Arsenal’s hopes of snatching a point.

After the game, Wenger admitted that his countryman was going through a 'crisis period' that has been compounded by the arrival of competition in the form of Aubameyang.

"For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer. He has gone through difficult periods before.

"He works hard in training, works on his finishing. I don’t know what happened, did he not touch the ball well? It can happen, it is a fraction of a second.

"Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him. He created two chances today. That is a quality as well.

"He will score goals. He is a goalscorer, he scored goals in his whole career. He will score again." Wenger is quoted as saying in The Sun.