Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cech: Lacazette Can Be an Arsenal Great but We're Not Getting the Best from Him

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cech: Lacazette Can Be an Arsenal Great but We're Not Getting the Best from Him

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

PETR CECH today admitted Arsenal still need to adapt to Alexandre Lacazette's style of play but insists fans will soon see the best of the club's record signing.

Lacazette has scored eight goals in 18 Premier League appearances since his PS52.7million summer move from Lyon. The 26-year-old has completed 90 minutes just twice as manager Arsene Wenger claims Lacazette still needs time to adapt to the rigours of English football -- a sentiment some supporters do not seem to be in agreement with after his 73rd-minute substitution during Saturday's 1-0 win over Newcastle was greeted with boos from sections of Emirates Stadium.

And Cech believes it is his team-mates who need to ensure Lacazette thrives by providing him with better service in the second half of the season.

"Alex is a very intelligent player," Cech told Standard Sport. "The way he plays, obviously, he has adapted quickly to the way we play. I think we, as a team, need to get more out of him, because sometimes he makes a very good movement but the ball does not arrive every time at the right moment.

"I think it's a matter of time [before we see his best]. But for a player who has just come to the Premier League, he's had a pretty good run. He has immense quality in front of goal. If you see his ratio from how many shots he actually takes, it's just a matter of time before more goals will come."

Lacazette's eight goals have come from just 40 shots, giving him a conversion rate of 20 per cent. Seven players have scored more in the League -- Mohamed Salah (14), Harry Kane (12), Raheem Sterling (11), Sergio Aguero (10), Romelu Lukaku (9), Alvaro Morata (9) and Wayne Rooney (9) -- but only three have a better percentage rate.

The France striker is likely to be rested for tomorrow's Carabao Cup quarter-final clash against West Ham in preparation for Friday's League visit of Liverpool.

The reverse fixture in August remains a painful memory for Arsenal as they were thrashed 4-0 in what turned out to be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's final appearance before moving to Anfield in a PS40m deal. …

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