Most notable during Arsenal’s second goal against West Brom, the interchanging of roles within the forward line has improved ten-fold since the early stages of the season. For a player of Lacazette’s ilk, one who has a penchant for dropping deep and linking play, those characteristics become null and void without fluidity from those around you.
It ties in with support from midfield. Smith Rowe running beyond Lacazette and Saka swapping roles to account for those movements is imperative for the Frenchman. Previously, he’d drop deep to collect possession, only for the option presented to him to remain unmoved.
When he has the chance to collaborate in this way with his fellow teammates, confidence oozes out of him and his touches are more refined. The 29-year-old’s role as the centre-forward even looks more functional given the right support.
What use is there having a striker who enjoys being involved in the build-up play if there is nobody willing to work with him?
Previously there was only Saka who attacked spaces and showed for the ball. Smith Rowe coming in has added to that with the bonus of those movements being in central areas. Together, the combination play within the side is neater and quicker, easing the strain on Lacazette to come even shorter than he was to springboard attacks.
With this improved approach, he can perform the task he loves so dearly in more threatening areas of the pitch.