Arsene Wenger believes Alexandre Lacazette’s confidence has suffered for the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Lacazette was named on the bench for the second consecutive Premier League game as Arsenal were beaten by Tottenham in the north London derby.
But while the Frenchman was not used against Everton last week, he was handed 25 minutes to try and change the course of the game at Wembley.
The 26-year-old missed two gilt-edged late opportunities to salvage a draw, and Wenger feels the signing of Aubameyang, “a competitor”, has damaged his confidence.
“For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer,” Wenger said.
“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.”
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