Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been omitted from France’s squad for the games against Iceland and Germany later this month.
The Frenchman has scored three goals in eight games so far this season, and many expected manager Didier Deschamps to name the 27-year-old in his squad.
However, Deschamps is no stranger to making surprising selection decisions. The France boss has consistently omitted the likes of Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte and Paris Saint-Germain Adrien Rabiot from the team.
Despite the surprise omission, fans on Twitter were mostly happy about the decision as it ensures Lacazette will be fit and raring to go after the international break:
— aditya bhatt (@aditya0509) 4 October 2018
Good for Arsenal! He'll be at the Euro's there's no doubt in my mind.
— François (@FrancoisLabell3) 4 October 2018
Their loss, our gain. Next…
— OBIEZE (@obiezeknwosu) 4 October 2018
Don’t bother me keeps him fit for us
— dan hedges (@Skippa1986) 4 October 2018
Blessin in disguise
— Fikry Arsenal 29 (@fikrypro29) 4 October 2018
Lol, he would be fit for the club games. Thank you France
— 'Babs (@theSmoothbabs) 4 October 2018
Good means he can’t get injured & will remain fresh for The Mighty #Arsenal ????????
— Glen Oglaza (@glenoglaza1) 4 October 2018
Some supporters did still think it was poor judgement from Deschamps:
Dechamps just doesn't like him.
Laca has a great form
— Ed (@boham_e) 4 October 2018
He obviously doesn't rate him.
— Free Transfers FC. (@BeastDaBest) 4 October 2018
He's going to make them regret it.
— Batameyang (@pulptweets_) 4 October 2018
Lacazette has struck up a good partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this campaign, and despite the two players seemingly being rivals for the same position in the team, manager Unai Emery has managed to fit the pair of them into his system.