“People sometimes don’t see how important he is for us” – Granit Xhaka singles out ‘amazing’ Arsenal teammate for praise

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has highlighted Alexandre Lacazette’s importance to the team and stated that he hopes people have begun to see his value. The Frenchman netted from the penalty spot to inspire the Gunners to a 2-0 victory over Leicester City on Sunday.It was only the Frenchman’s fourth Premier League goal of the campaign and halted a six-game goalless streak in the league. Speaking to Premier League Productions after the game, Xhaka was full of praise for his teammate and highlighted his overall contributions despite the lack of goals.

Xhaka said to Premier League Productions:
“In the end, people want him to score. People only see if players score. But people sometimes don’t see how important he is for us, not only on the pitch but as well off the pitch. On the pitch, he is an amazing player and he understands the game so well with the quality he has.”

“I hope now after this three, four, five, six weeks they (people) understand how important he is for us.”
Alexandre Lacazette has struggled for consistency since joining Arsenal from Olympique Lyon in the summer of 2017. The 31-year-old has scored 71 goals in 197 matches in all competitions for the Gunners.

However, the Frenchman has just a few months left on his current deal at the Emirates and will be out of contract in the summer. It remains to be seen whether the club will agree to an extension or if Lacazette will be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer.