Alexandre Lockett admits he struggled for two weeks as he struggled for late play time at Arsenal.
The Frenchman has not scored in 67 days since Michael Arteta’s last two Premier League openers XI, 67 days until Thursday’s miraculous strike to beat Arsenal in a 4-1 Europa League victory over Rapid Wein.
Lockheed was impressed with a deeper role as the Gunners topped their group, maintaining a 100% record in Europe this season.
The victory topped the list as Gunners fans were inside the Emirates Stadium even before the first lockout in March.
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About 2,000 supporters were allowed into the field to see their Austrian opponents on Arsenal’s way, and Lacazette underscored their importance after the game, especially as he and his confidence fought late.
“It was amazing and we were so happy to see the fans today,” he said PD game. Even in the worst moments, they helped us play better and we played better today.
“Everyone was looking forward to coming back. It was great. The fans are behind us. It’s not been easy for me for the last two weeks, but it’s been great to see the fans behind me and behind the team, so I really enjoyed them tonight.”
Lockett was asked whether table-toppers at the North London Derby on Sunday would present his case to Arteta for a start with Tottenham, but he would not be pulled.
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“Tonight we wanted to enjoy it and turn it into the fifth win in a row. We did it,” he replied. “Now we’re focusing on Derby for the weekend. We need to relax, let the coach decide.”
According to former Spurs striker Peter Crouch, Lockett has certainly sent a message to his boss.
“He fed the manager the thought, and after that performance today – he was fantastic and engaged in everything,” P.T. Cruz said in his role as a pundit with Sport.
“From that deep role, he commanded possession and he was passing the ball sharply.
“He scored a great goal and he had other chances to score. I was very impressed with his performance.”