Arsenal Frenchman hinted about his reduced playtime as he has been frequently subbed out.

The French striker mentioned how he ‘Could be at Joy’ under boss Unai Emery.

Alexandre Lacazette has hinted that he is still frustrated and unhappy with his reduced role at Arsenal after being withdrawn early in the Gunners’ Europa League win over Napoli on Thursday night.

Unai Emery’s side eased through to the semi-final of the Europa League for the second season in succession after the France international’s stunning free-kick put the seal on a surprisingly comfortable 3-0 aggregate victory. Lacazette has now scored an impressive 16 goals in all competitions this season, but none were as spectacular as the 36th minute 30-yard piledriver which left Alex Meret rooted to the spot.

The French striker, who started alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an away game for the first time since February, scored the only goal in Naples with a brilliant first-half free-kick. It sealed a 3-0 aggregate win as Arsenal stormed into the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they will now meet manager Unai Emery’s old club Valencia.

Lacazette was withdrawn in the 68th minute against Napoli, replaced by Alex Iwobi, scoring an only goal against Naples that night and has now only completed 90 minutes in just two of the Gunners’ last 10 matches. It is a theme that has annoyed the Frenchman throughout Emery’s reign so far, rarely finishing matches, while he didn’t play a single minute against Watford on Monday.

Asked if he is happy with his current situation, Lacazette pointedly told RMC Sport:

“I am happy when I play, of course, like any player. When I’m on the pitch, of course there is joy. On the field and off, I keep smiling. You have to smile in life. I do one of the most beautiful jobs in the world, even if I could be even happier.”

Lacazette has made 42 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal this season, but has gone the distance in just 15 of those matches around a third. He has reportedly been disappointed with how often he has been withdrawn just as games are starting to open up, limiting him to only 13 Premier League goals.

Author’s take:

The former Lyon star is normally better known for his penalty box prowess. Lacazette has now scored an impressive 16 goals in all competitions this season. But the only goal in away performance. Unai Emery side sealed a comfortable Victory against Naples and the credits to that goes to the French striker. He has played an eminent role in sealing the victories for Arsenal and reducing his playtime could give big trouble to gunners in future.

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