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Arsene Wenger: 'I trust Alexandre Lacazette completely'

Wenger: 'I trust Lacazette completely'
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that he has full "trust" in striker Alexandre Lacazette ahead of the North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refuted suggestions that he does not trust striker Alexandre Lacazette enough to start him in the big games.

The 26-year-old moved to the Emirates from Lyon over the summer for a club-record fee and has made a decent start for the side, scoring six times in his 11 Premier League games to date.

Wenger opted to start the Frenchman on the bench for the defeats to top-four rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, however, prompting speculation that he could again be among the substitutes for Saturday's derby with Tottenham Hotspur.

Asked if he does not have enough faith in Lacazette, Wenger told reporters today: "No, not at all. I have a big choice to make every time, big decisions to make up front.

"But he played many games, Alexandre Lacazette. He didn't play away from home at City, I think that is the only game he didn't start.

"I trust him completely. The decision is not made yet [on whether he starts on Saturday] but it is a possibility because he is available."

Wenger also revealed that the Gunners are likely to be without the services of Olivier Giroud for the encounter due to a thigh injury.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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