Andy Cole has slammed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his ‘disrespectful’ remedy of Alexandre Lacazette.
Eyebrows had been raised when the Spaniard selected to make use of summer time signing Willian as a No.9 within the 1-Zero defeat to Manchester City on Saturday and the Brazilian struggled to make an affect main the road.
Lacazette, who’s presently the Gunners’ high scorer this season, got here on instead within the 68th minute however did not discover a breakthrough off the bench.
And Cole has now slammed Arteta for his remedy of the Frenchman.
“I believe he’s being disrespectful to Lacazette as properly,” he instructed talkSPORT. “Willian will not be a centre-forward.
“In case you have obtained a centre-forward on the bench who’s your high goalscorer as properly, to show round and say, ‘Look, I’m going to play Willian because the centre-forward. You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I believe that may be very disrespectful.”
Finally, Raheem Sterling’s 23rd-minute aim proved the distinction between the perimeters as Ederson made key saves from Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang within the first half.
And Arteta admitted he was annoyed to return away empty-handed in opposition to his previous boss, however the former City assistant took encouragement from the efficiency.
“(It’s disappointing) to not get something from the sport given the way in which the sport went as a result of I felt we saved rising and rising with extra perception that we might get one thing from it,” he mentioned.
“On the identical time I’m extraordinarily proud about the way in which we performed individually and collectively, to place in that efficiency on this stadium will not be a straightforward factor to do.”