Alexandre Lacazette represents the true embodiment of the word ‘form.’
The French striker hasn’t scored away from home in more than a calendar year. He has scored a paltry amount in total this season. His normally famously good touch has deserted him.
In short, Lacazette is so woefully out of form, even his biggest fans are asking for the striker to be dropped to the bench.
It helps that we have two strikers that have guaranteed goals when they start this season.
Laca’s best pal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is in amongst the front-runners when it comes to top scorers in the Premier League this season. Considering he has done so in a side struggling to find its identity is testament to his prowess.
Then there is the surprise package of Gabriel Martinelli. The teenage sensation has been prolific and a breath of fresh air this campaign, and he is putting pressure on Mikel Arteta to change things up in attack.
And that is because right now, Lacazette isn’t adding anything to our strikeforce.
Normally, when not hitting the back of the net, Laca is intrinsically linked to our best moves. Holding play up, drawing defenders, a cute pass or backheel, Laca is an astute player and he has not been showing this of late.
But the key here is the word ‘form.’
Laca hasn’t turned into a bad player overnight.
He still possesses these skills. Hark back to his goal in the North London derby. His first and second touches to set himself up to lash home were perfect. A dash harder or softer and the closely lurking defenders would have got a toe on it. He sliced through thanks to his clever play.
It was a beautiful goal and something that Laca will get back to, sooner rather than later. He needs time, but he also needs our trust.
Last years Player of the Year will become that vital player again, and it will be before the end of the season, just you wait and see.