Alexandre Lacazette is determined to add a silver lining to his debut season at Arsenal, with his sights set on Europa League glory.
The Gunners broke their transfer record to land the France striker from Lyon over the summer, with his prolific strike rate having interested Arsene Wenger for some time.
He was acquired to help lead another trophy quest in north London, with the 2017-18 campaign opened with a Community Shield victory over Chelsea.
Lacazette has been unable to fire Arsenal into the Premier League picture, but he is eager to taste further success and believes continental competition could provide the best route to another medal.
Wenger has taken the opportunity to rotate in Europe this season, but the Gunners are through to the round of 32 and Lacazette has told Arsenal Player on his ambition: “It’s not bad, it’s encouraging [for me this season].
“It’s good because I was able to score goals for the team. I feel good in the game.
“I like it in England so that’s not bad. I know I can do better but I don’t want to move too fast. It’s a year of adjustment. I’m happy.
“I would like to win a title, even though, in August, I already won the Community Shield. But I would like to win a cup, a championship will be hard, but I’d like to win the Europa League.”
Conquering Europe would represent an undoubted high point for Lacazette during his short time at Arsenal, but for now he admits a first taste of the north London derby is a personal highlight.
Commenting on a 2-0 victory over Tottenham back in November, the 26-year-old added: “It was a great experience.
“I was eager to experience that game because, within 10 minutes of arriving at the club people had told me about it and said that it was a game to win both for the club and for the fans.
“I also felt that from the fans because, even two weeks before I could feel the pressure from those who were already talking to me about it. It was a good positive thing. I had this experience in my former club so it was good.”
Arsenal and Lacazette have more big tests approaching in the coming weeks, with Premier League and Carabao Cup clashes with Chelsea sandwiched around a New Year’s Eve meeting with West Brom and an FA Cup third round date with Nottingham Forest.