Alexandre Lacazette Sends Message to Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta

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Alexandre Lacazette insists he is determined to give Mikel Arteta more selection headaches after coming off the bench to help Arsenal beat West Ham.

The Gunners boosted their outside chances of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over relegation-battlers West Ham.

Arteta’s side struggled to create many openings at the Emirates but Lacazette’s late goal – 20 minutes after coming on a second-half substitute – lifted Arsenal up to ninth, five points behind Chelsea in fourth.

Speaking after the win, French forward Lacazette, who has now netted nine goals in 26 matches this season, said: ‘I’m happy to score for the team.

‘We worked hard. It was a difficult game. I’m happy. They deserved more because of the chances they created. This is football, sometimes you don’t get what you deserve.

‘It is my job to give the manager a big headache. I’m struggling to make the first team but I’m happy to score again today.

‘I know that now I have to play well again the next game. Everyone wants to give their best and it’s normal that whenever we do that we will perform as a team.’

Rating Lacazette’s performance, Arsenal boss Arteta said: ‘I have two strikers that are making things very difficult for me which is a good thing.

‘I saw straight away he was alert, focused and determined.’ On his team’s performance, Arteta added: ‘We had some really good individual performances at the back. ‘I’m really happy because big teams find a way and we did that.’

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