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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shed light on his decision to take off his most-expensive player in the second half of their goalless draw with the Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday.
“I felt Lacazette had a very good first half, he worked hard for the team and was very disciplined,” Wenger told his media conference.
“It takes him some time to maintain that intensity for 90 minutes. Don’t forget I have [Theo] Walcott, [Olivier] Giroud and [Alexis] Sanchez on the bench.
“After 65 minutes in a game of that intensity it’s normal that you bring fresh legs on.
“Does he understand that? I never ask any striker to understand that he has to make room for someone else. You never can do that.”
Lacazette scored 100 goals in 201 games in Ligue 1 during his seven-season spell in the Lyon first-team.