Alexandre Lacazette admits to having been left “frustrated” at times during his debut season at Arsenal, but is now embracing being at “a great club”.
The France international striker linked up with the Gunners in the summer of 2017 as Arsene Wenger landed a player he had been pursuing for several years.
Lacazette was thrust straight into the Gunners side and delivered 17 goals across all competitions, but did face a battle for a place from those already at Emirates Stadium and the January arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Of the 26 Premier League games he started, the 27-year-old only finished 10, with Wenger’s decision to hook him on a regular basis leaving the former Lyon man disappointed.
“Most of the chances came at the end because the defenders are tired,” Lacazette told the Premier League’s official website.
“I was frustrated but it was my first season and all of my family said don’t be like that, enjoy being at a great club.”
Lacazette is now enjoying his time in north London, having netted a further six times this season, and admits to having always hoped to grace the Gunners’ books at some stage.
Pressed on whether Arsenal were among the clubs he followed as a child, the Frenchman said: “Yes it was. Arsenal with Titi [Henry], Patrick [Vieira], Robert Pires, Sylvain Wiltord.
“Arsenal were always playing well. So, for me, even if in England it is physical, I wanted to play football here.”
While living the dream, Lacazette admits that he has had to adjust his game to meet the demands of life in the English top flight.
He said of the differences compared to Ligue 1: “When you receive the ball [in France], maybe you have one metre more so you can manage the ball. Here, defenders don’t care about who you are.”
Lacazette has overcome those challenges and is now looking to chase down a first major honour in England.
Quizzed about Arsenal’s ambitions for 2018-19, he said: “Win a cup is the best thing for us and for our fans.”