Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to give Alexandre Lacazette time to adapt to the English game.
The Frenchman was on target in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Sevilla on Sunday, but is still finding his feet in the Arsenal shirt.
Lacazette scored his first goal at the Emirates, popping up at the far post to convert a low cross from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Despite losing to the Spanish side, the Gunners lifted the Emirates Cup by virtue of goals scored and Wenger was impressed with his new signing’s performance.
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Speaking after the game, the boss hailed Lacazette’s contribution: “I think he has gone, in pre-season, from strength to strength.
“He started a bit nervous, but every single week he moved his level up and in the last game was already good and today again I think he was influential as well,” said Wenger (via ESPN).
“The first two goals came from him. He looks powerful and the timing of his availability going forward was very good.”
The boss added: “Sometimes it takes a few months, sometimes it takes very little time. The only thing I must say with Lacazette is that week after week he looks to adapt quickly.”
“But overall I think it will take him one or two months.”
The striker was taken off 10 minutes after scoring and appeared to favouring his leg, but Wenger said the change had nothing to do with an injury.
Lacazette has another chance to impress Arsenal fans next weekend as the Gunners meet Chelsea in the Community Shield (Sunday August 6).