Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels Alexandre Lacazette is struggling for confidence because of the decision to recruit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, the Independent reports.

Lacazette was signed in the summer for a club-record fee from Lyon but has struggled to maintain form as the season has gone on. After a bright start, he has found goals hard to come by and this has contributed to his evident lack of confidence.

For him, one against one with the keeper, he is a good goalscorer. He has gone through difficult periods before. He works hard in training, works on his finishing. I don’t know what happened, did he not touch the ball well?

It can happen, it is a fraction of a second. Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him.

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The France international had the chance to salvage at least a point for his side in the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but he squandered two good opportunities from the bench.

Aubameyang was signed in January as Wenger aimed to bolster his side’s attacking options and it seems in doing so, he feels Lacazette’s confidence has suffered a blow.

He created two chances today. That is a quality as well. He will score goals. He is a goalscorer, he scored goals in his whole career. He will score again.

Both strikers are proven and capable goalscorers but it seems Wenger is struggling to help Lacazette to revitalise himself in an Arsenal shirt at the moment.