September 26, 2017 / 5:53 AM / a month ago

Wenger praises Lacazette impact

(Reuters) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed Alexandre Lacazette for adapting to the Premier League so quickly and says the French striker has a lot more to offer than just goals.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - September 25, 2017 Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring their second goal. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Lacazette, who scored twice as Arsenal beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Monday, now has four goals in six league games. He became the first Arsenal player to find the net in his opening three home games in the league since 1988.

“He’s not only a goalscorer, his link up play is good,” said Wenger. “He fights as well, he’s not fazed by the physical challenges that West Brom gave us and overall he looks to adapt quickly and very well,” he told the club’s website (www.arsenal.com).

“I took him off because he was tired. He had an opportunity to score a hat-trick but I gave him the penalty as well ... what you want is to win the game and not to take any gambles because if they come back to 2-1 it can be nervy,” Wenger added.

Arsenal face BATE Borisov in Belarus in the Europa League on Thursday before hosting Brighton & Hove Albion in the league on Sunday.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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