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Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette changed the game against Stoke, says Thierry Henry
Last Updated: 02/04/18 12:11am
Alexandre Lacazette changed the game after coming on as a second-half substitute in Arsenal's 3-0 win over Stoke City, according to Thierry Henry.
Arsene Wenger's side were struggling to break down some stubborn Stoke resistance at the Emirates when the Frenchman decided to bring on the striker just past the hour-mark.
The home side then scored three times in the final half an hour to see off their opponents and maintain their faint hopes of a top-four finish.
And it was Lacazette - who joined the north London club from Lyon for £52m last summer - who rounded off the scoring by coolly tucking away a last-minute penalty, making him the first Arsenal player to reach 10 goals this campaign.
It was the France international's introduction, though, that was the catalyst to Arsenal's victory.
"I think for me he changed the game," the former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports after the game.
For me, Lacazette changed the game
"When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went on the left and Lacazette came on as a No 9, he started to make runs that a No 9 should make."
It was Lacazette's clever run into the box that brought his team a late penalty after a clumsy foul by Badou Ndiaye, another feature of his game that impressed his compatriot.
"Making runs in behind, running the line, being available - as we saw with the penalty - and he does come and play with Mesut Ozil with that penalty," said Henry.
"He started to be the guy that they were looking for to make those penetrative runs. And Aubameyang got his chance when he went on the left and made that run.
"And for me, Lacazette changed the game when he came on."