Lacazette agent responds to Arsenal benching v Man City

Date published: Wednesday 8th November 2017 11:00

Alexandre Lacazette is not concerned about being benched in high-profile games for Arsenal, according to his agent.

Lacazette has started nine of 11 Premier League games since joining Arsenal as their club-record signing in the summer, but was benched against Manchester City on Sunday.

He was also a substitute in another big game – the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in August – and questions have been asked of Arsene Wenger over the treatment of his most expensive player.

But Lacazette’s agent, David Venditelli, has moved to allay fears over his future.

“It’s not worrying, because he played at Chelsea,” Venditelli told SFR Sport. “Our way of working is to relativise things: 11 matches, nine starts. Of course, it’s not nice to see that he didn’t start that match, but it was – as Arsene Wenger explained – for tactical reasons.

“He’s learning. Alex needs to have calm around him. He’s happy, and Arsenal are too with his work. It’s not because a player doesn’t play, even though it’s two important games of course. He would have preferred to have played them.

“When you’re outside the club, I can understand the questions. I understand, but I think Alex isn’t complaining about his playing time, even if he would prefer to start games like those against City or Liverpool.

“But he talks to the manager, the staff – there’s no problem. Afterwards, there’s a choice made. You can’t, every time your player doesn’t play, even if it’s Alexandre Lacazette, knock on the door or pick up the phone and talk to the manager. No, no, it’s not time yet. Everything is fine.”

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