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Arsenal star Lacazette missing Ligue 1 as he accuses Premier League of having 'more spectators than supporters'

1:08 PM GMT+4 16/10/2018
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The France international believes the atmosphere in France is better than that in England, with fans more passionate back in his homeland

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette admits he misses some aspects of life in Ligue 1, with the former Lyon striker claiming there are “more spectators than supporters” in the Premier League.

The France international is into his second season at Emirates Stadium, having completed a £52 million ($69m) move in the summer of 2017.

He has adjusted well to life in England, following a testing debut campaign, with five goals and three assists recorded this term.

The 27-year-old is enjoying his time with the Gunners, but does feel that the atmosphere back in his homeland is better than that he is currently experiencing in north London.

Lacazette told Le Progres: "I miss Ligue 1's atmosphere. In England, the fans are more spectators than supporters. There's a better atmosphere in French stadiums."

Lacazette made the breakthrough in France with his hometown club Lyon.

He recorded 129 goals in just 275 appearances for the Ligue 1 side before agreeing to take on a new challenge.

There have been plenty of obstacles for him to overcome in England, not just the level of support shown from the stands, with form and fitness issues hindering his cause in 2017-18.

He did, however, find the target 17 times in his debut campaign and will be confident of bettering that return in his second.

Lacazette has struck up a productive partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a man who initially threatened to limit his game time following a January arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

They have 11 goals between them this season and have formed as strong a bond away from the field as they have on it.

“It is good, he is like my brother,” Lacazette said. “We talk every day and we love working together.”

Both Lacazette and Aubameyang were among the goals in their last outing before the international break – a 5-1 mauling of Fulham – and will be hoping to pick up where they left off when Arsenal play host to Leicester on October 22.