Arsenal super sub Alexandre Lacazette wants to give Mikel Arteta ‘big headache’

Alexandre Lacazette may have lost his place in the Arsenal starting XI to young striker Eddie Nketiah for the time being, but he's hoping that his winning goal against West Ham has given boss Mikel Arteta a big selection headache.

All seven of Lacazette's Premier League goals this season have come at the Emirates and he must have felt like he had a point to prove after once again being left on the bench.

Nketiah struggled to make an impact against a diligent Hammers backline and was hauled off by Arteta, who sent the former Lyon man with clear instruction to get him a goal.

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Arteta's decision proved inspired as 19 minutes after Lacazette entered the fray he found himself in the right place to tuck the ball home from Mesut Ozil's cushioned header.

"It is my job to give the manager a big headache. I'm struggling to make the first team but I’m happy to score again today," he said.

"I know that now I have to play well again the next game. Everyone wants to give their best and it's normal that whenever we do that we will perform as a team."

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The linesman had initially flagged as he believed Lacazette was in an offside position when he received the ball from Ozil, but VAR rescued the Gunners and they took all three points with a 1-0 win.

And former Premier League defender Matthew Upson is calling for the offside rule to be “reviewed” following the VAR controversy at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The former Arsenal and West Ham star said: “The offside rule isn't ready for this level of scrutiny. There has to be a margin.

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“There are too many moving parts in the game to function to that degree of detail. It just doesn't make sense to me. The offside rule needs to be reviewed.

“This is a harsh lesson for West Ham. You have to say they have not deserved to lose this afternoon.

“Their away performance has been set up brilliantly by David Moyes. They have just conceded that one goal and created enough chances themselves."

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