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Alexandre Lacazette Admits Arsenal 'Did Not Respect' Mikel Arteta's Instructions During 3-3 Draw With West Ham

By Amreen
Mikel Arteta was troubled by Arsenal's start in their 3-3 draw with West Ham
Mikel Arteta was troubled by Arsenal's start in their 3-3 draw with West Ham / Pool/Getty Images

Alexandre Lacazette admitted his Arsenal teammates did not respect Mikel Arteta's pre-match plan in their topsy-turvy clash with West Ham on Sunday.

The Gunners found themselves 3-0 down inside the first 32 minutes before staging a stunning recovery to come away with a hard-earned point, and Lacazette admitted after the game that he and his teammates did not "respect" Arteta's game plan from the get-go.

He told Sky Sports after the draw: “The feeling is mixed because I'm proud of my team for coming back in the second half and disappointed with the first half. We didn't respect the game plan of the coach. This is not what we wanted but we have to think about it."

He was asked why the players did not respect Arteta's plan, and added: "Don't know. Maybe we had the pressure because we knew it was a big game. This is where we have to improve. We have to work a lot to be ready for the end of the season."

Arteta admitted after the game that his "two-faced" side keep him awake at night with their fluctuating performances. He said: "This game is going to give me a few nightmares because it is really difficult to stop some of the things we have been doing to hurt ourselves.

"I'm very disappointed because I cannot accept my team playing the way we did for certain periods in the first half. What I expect is for the team to play to the level we showed afterwards - we should have scored six or seven. We have two faces. The first face is about giving goals to the opponent and not doing what we have to do and it is not good enough. That keeps me awake."