Mikel Arteta reacts to Alexandre Lacazette’s goal after dropping striker

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has given his reaction to substitute Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in their 1-0 Premier League win over West Ham United.

Lacazette began on the bench, with Arteta instead preferring to start Eddie Nketiah up front.

The Frenchman would come on for the 20-year-old just before the hour mark and he’d prove to be the match winner as his 78th minute strike saw the Gunners close to within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea .

Arteta though is pleased with the contribution of both his strikers.

He told reporters: "I have two strikers at the moment that are making life difficult for me but at the same time it's very good.

“They are both scoring, they are both in a good moment.

“I decided to play Eddie today for the type of defenders they had and the game plan we had but knowing that we needed Lacazette in the final moments. He was ready to do that.

“I saw it straight away the moment I was talking with him, giving him instructions on the touchline, he was alert, focused and I could see in his face he was really determined to come out there and score the goal like he did."

Arsenal ’s fortunes have been transformed under Arteta.

They’ve yet to taste defeat in the league under the Spaniard in 2020.

The 37-year-old still wants to see more from his team though as they target Champions League qualification for the first time since 2017.

He added: “We’re turning the corner in terms of results, a little bit in terms of the things I want to see from my team.

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