Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed super-sub Alexandre Lacazette who helped his side to secure a 1-0 slender win against struggling Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
Lacazette started the game on the bench due to a sore back. However, the Frenchman was given a chance in the second half and found the back of the net just 21 seconds after coming on.
The winning goal left Arteta in dreamland after Lacazette’s strike lifts Arsenal.
“I think this is what all the managers dream of – to bring people from the bench and to win you the game like he’s done tonight,” said Arteta in a post-match interview.
The victory move the Gunners nine points clear of the relegation zone.
The Spanish mentor added that: “He [Lacazette] has been in really good form in the last few weeks. He has been scoring goals, he’s full of confidence.”
“Today he had a sore back, he couldn’t start the game and he came on and won the game for us, which is massively important.
“It was a great move from Bukayo first to create the action that he did. Apart from the finish, it was his (Lacazette’s) movement, the counter move that he made to create the space for himself. I think it was a brilliant goal.”
Arsenal boss admits that the two successive wins will give his troops a much-needed morale boost going into the new year.
“In this period, we know how much we needed the wins,” he adds.
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