Alexandre Lacazette should apologise to Arsenal after he revealed he wanted to play Champions League football next season, according to Gabriel Agbonlahor…
THE LOWDOWN: POOR FORM
The Gunners club captain is now under mounting scrutiny, having only found the back of the net once in his last 11 Premier League appearances and his tally for the season standing at just four goals in 26 games.
Speaking to Canal Plus earlier this week, the 30-year-old said he was “missing” playing in the Champions League and that he had “never cut contact” with his former club Lyon, whom he left to join the Emirates five years ago.
Such form and comments has led to many criticisms from pundits and journalists and ex-Aston Villa star Gabriel Agbonlahor is the latest to state his case on the matter.
THE LATEST: INSULT
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international claimed the timing of Lacazette’s comments are “cheeky” and an “insult” to his employers.
“It’s cheeky. If he wants to play Champions League football the only team he’ll be playing it at is Partizan Belgrade or Panathinaikos. He won’t be playing it at a big club because he can’t hit a barn door.
“The audacity to say that he wants to play Champions League football when he’s putting in performances that are lacklustre is an insult to Arsenal, to be honest. I think he should apologise.
“Maybe he would be playing Champions League football for Arsenal if he could score a goal.”
THE VERDICT: NOT NEEDED
It is quite a damning verdict delivered by Agbonlahor, but one which does indeed hold some truth.
The former Lyon star’s comments surrounding his future were simply not needed, especially with the north London outfit embarking on a crucial run-in trying to qualify for the biggest European club competition on the planet.
His comments are an unnecessary distraction for the whole club and of course disrespectful.
The 16-time French international should instead get on with the task at hand, fulfilling his duties as club captain and aiding their surge for a top-four place.
If indeed the £18m-rated desires to depart the Emirates this summer, then the club should not stand in his way.
AND in other news, Arsenal’s on-loan star is reportedly attracting interest from La Liga