Alexandre Lacazette admits he ‘could be happier’ under Arsenal boss Unai Emery

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette admits he ‘could be happier’ under Arsenal boss Unai Emery As usual, Lacazette looked sullen when Emery decided to substitute him (Picture: Getty)‘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distance in just 15 of those matches – around a third.He has reportedly been disappointed with how often he has been withdrawn just as games are starting to open up, limiting him to only 13 Premier League goals.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The Frenchman has frequently been subbed off early this season (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has hinted that he is still frustrated with his reduced role at Arsenal after being withdrawn early in the Gunners’ Europa League win over Napoli on Thursday night.The French striker, who started alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in an away game for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 Lacazette scored Arsenal’s only goal of the night in Naples (Picture: Getty)Lacazette was withdrawn in the 68th minute against Napoli, replaced by Alex Iwobi, and has now only completed 90 minutes in just two of the Gunners’ last 10 matches.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt 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.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked 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. Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Apr 2019 10:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link138Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Grassroots Soccer Fiesta Kicks off in Calabar

first_imgThe completion, co-sponsored by Calabar Municipal and NorthWest Petroleum, is aimed at promoting football at the grassroots and also act as a talent hunt for Rovers FC and other clubs within the metropolis, the organisers announced.According to the organisers, the tournament will end on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Ishie Maracana Arena.They disclosed that the team that emerges champion of the competition will win a cash prize of N150, 000, while the second and third place winners will go home with N100, 000 and N50, 000, respectively.Chairman of Calabar Municipal Council and the initiator of the competition, Ntufam Donatus Etim, said:“I commend the NorthWest Petroleum for the sponsorship of the tournament. It was actually conceived to sustain the bond of unity amongst the youths.“It will also serve as a breeding ground for potential soccer stars while at the same time distracting idle youths from negative tendencies.”Commending the organisers of the competition, the Chairman, Cross River Sports Commission, Mr. Orok Duke, said: “It is interesting to see the private sector participating actively in sports development at the local level.”The sports commission chairman said he was optimistic the soccer fiesta will proved ample opportunity for budding football talents in the area to be discovered.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bassey Inyang in CalabarA grassroots football competition, the first of such, in Cross River State, has kicked off in Calabar.The soccer fiesta which will last for two weeks will feature ten teams within Calabar Municipality, among them: Ikot Ansa Rocks, Qua Rangers, Ikot Effanga United, Ishie Pillars, Eefut Strikers and Ediba Bombers.last_img read more