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Alexandre Lacazette speaks out on Unai Emery’s future and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang controversy

Alexandre Lacazette says the Arsenal squad are still fully behind Unai Emery, despite the growing discontent from supporters.

The Gunners head coach is under severe pressure after the 2-0 defeat to Leicester left the north London side eight points outside the top four.

Emery received a vote of confidence from the the club’s hierarchy this week, with head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham telling club staff at a meeting that they had no plans to make a managerial change.

“We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season,” they said.

 

“We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.

“Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place.

“We are all working intensively behind the scenes to turn things around and are confident we will.

“We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger.”

Lacazette, who started in the defeat to Leicester last weekend, says the entire Arsenal squad still believe Emery is the right man to lead the club forward.

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“We’re working together everyday on a constant basis to pick up the slack,” he told the club website.

“The group definitely supports the coach and I’m sure the club does as well.

“We’re a very tight group, and we’re doing everything we can to improve.”

When asked what Emery’s best qualities are, Lacazette responded: “I’d say his best quality is that he’s really passionate.

“Every day at training, he’s really happy to be there and to work with us, to teach us and his staff things.”

 

On whether he feels Arsenal are making progress under the former Paris Saint-Germain coach, Lacazette said: “Yes, I believe we have progressed in many ways. Like most clubs, we got through difficult times but progress has been made.”

Lacazette has insisted that strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be a good club captain, amid reports that some of the Arsenal squad have questioned Emery’s decision to hand the Gabon forward the armband.

“It’s a good thing because he’s a leader on the pitch,’ Lacazette said.

“I think he has the capacity to be a really good captain. Then also he was the second in command when it came to the captaincy, so it was a natural move forward.”


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