Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said Alexandre Lacazette is simply the heart of his team right now.
Arteta’s review comes shortly after the 29-year-old French striker inspired Arsenal with a brace to beat Slavia Prague 4-0 in the Europa League second leg quarter-final on Thursday.
Lacazette, who has had dismissed for much of his three seasons in London since moving from Lyon for €53 m in 2017, fully won over several naysayers with five goals in the last three games.
"In key moments and in big matches, you need players - and senior players who have this experience - to make the difference for you,” Arteta said via Goal.
"For me, in his style and in his development, even if he's soon turning 30 years old, he's on the right path because he's very willing to learn. He's doing things in a much better way than before.
"He really glues the team together and that's a quality that is not easy for a striker. He's got it.
Arteta concluded to appreciate the striker’s personality…
"It shows the personality that Laca has,” the manager continued.
"He missed two big chances in the home game and then you have to see a reaction. That reaction could be with some fear, some doubt or feeling a little bit guilty.
"Or the other one is to have a strong personality and to react, to say, 'Now I'm going to put them in the back of the net'” Arteta concluded.
Up next for Lacazette and the Gunners is league action at home to Fulham this weekend.