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Thierry Henry: Gunners ignored Alexandre Lacazette by playing the ‘Arsenal ball’ | Football | Sport

Olivier Giroud came to Arsenal’s rescue on Friday night with a late winner in their 4-3 triumph over Leicester.

Alexandre Lacazette took just two minutes to get a goal on his Premier League debut for the Gunners and was a nightmare for the Leicester defence throughout the game.

The France international was prolific during his time in Ligue 1 with Lyon and his pace and movement was a big part of his game in being able to run in behind defenders.

But Henry believes Arsenal missed a trick by ignoring the ball over the top for Lacazette to run on to on too many occasions, instead opting to play out wide and keep possession.

“Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top,” Henry told Sky Sports

“He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes.

“Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball? 

“That’s the best ball in the game because you go straight to goal. They don’t like it.

“Does he lose the ball? No, he doesn’t lose the ball. Does it look pretty? Yes, it looks pretty. But we want to go to goal.

“That’s where we want to go. Can he play that pass? It is not difficult for Xhaka. They are going to have to learn with Lacazette.”

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