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Alexandre Lacazette admits he must improve his decision making and find a way of coping with the physical demands of the Premier League in order to break into Unai Emery’s starting XI.
The France international scored 17 goals during an injury-interrupted first season in English football but his starting opportunities have been hindered by the January club-record signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Lacazette has started all three matches on the bench this season with Emery so far resisting the temptation to pair his two star forwards together in attack.
‘‘I have to be more powerful and be quicker in my decision making,” he told Arsenal Player.
“It’s harder in England than in France, so I have to take in information quicker and be more powerful.
‘’We just need time to adapt to Emery’s football,” he added.
“I know we worked hard in pre-season and it will be better now. We can also see that when everyone works as a team and we understand what the coach asks us to do, we can be a good team.
‘We just need to be more efficient with our chances so that we score more goals. We’ll keep going and we’ll keep working.’
On a potential partnership with Aubameyang, he added: ‘Every day, like I said, we talk, we laugh a lot, we work together when we are on the pitch.
‘I like to be with Auba. He’s a good guy. I’m not asking the coach or telling him, ‘I want to play with Auba’ or something like that.
‘He knows we can play well together and then afterwards, he makes his decision.’