Arsene Wenger has refused to “reassure” Alexandre Lacazette over his future at Arsenal after the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Lacazette has struggled for much of this season and many see the arrival of Aubameyang as a possible hindrance to his development.
Aubameyang is certain to start every game for which he is available, while Paul Merson believes the club should have sold Lacazette instead of Olivier Giroud.
Thierry Henry believes Lacazette and Aubameyang can play in the team together, and Wenger hinted that would be a possibility.
But when asked whether he could give Lacazette promises over game time, the manager responded: “I don’t reassure anybody.
“It is a competitive sport and you must fight for your places,” he added.
“You have to show them respect and they have to accept it is a competitive world.
“It means we can play two up.
“On the other hand, we lost three strikers – Walcott, Sanchez, Giroud.
“You need at least two top strikers to play in the Premier League.”