For Lacazette himself, this FA Cup final represents yet another chance to win his first major piece of silver with Arsenal. He is now three seasons into his career with the club, having arrived for around £ 50million in the summer of 2017. There have been some highlights – he was named the club’s player of the year of the season last – but he does not hide his disappointment. to Arsenal struggles. “I came to Arsenal to win trophies,” he said.
This year, by Lacazette’s own admission, has been difficult. A pre-season ankle injury continued to be a problem for weeks, and the Frenchman looked sluggish for months. From mid-December to mid-February, he did not score any goals.
“It was a difficult season, perhaps the most difficult of my career,” he said. “But I know I’ve learned a lot this season, mentally, thinking more about the team than scoring goals when I had my long scoreless period. I know this season when it comes to statistics, it’s not the best. But it’s still just a season and I know next season will be totally different for me.
This confidence that the future will be bright is the result of the hard work of Mikel Arteta, who has impressed Arsenal squad since his arrival in December. The messages on the training ground are certainly clearer now than they were under Unai Emery, who had the unenviable task of navigating the early turmoil of the post-Arsene Wenger era.
“Arsène was there for 22 years so he had his own habits, he controlled everything,” says Lacazette. “So when there was a change, we needed time to rebuild everything and to be more stable. We tried with Unai but in the end it wasn’t what everyone wanted.