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Didier Deschamps tells Unai Emery the best position to play Alexandre Lacazette as he returns to France squad

The attacker has been called up for the first time in a year (Picture: Getty) Didier Deschamps says he is only considering using Alexandre Lacazette through the middle after recalling the Arsenal star to the French national team following a year-long exile. Lacazette has not played for Les Bleus since scoring a brace in a friendly against Germany in November 2017, and has been rather surprisingly absent from subsequent squads – including the World Cup-winning side in Russia. But injury to Anthony Martial has seen Lacazette recalled to the squad, though Deschamps has zero desire to use him on the flank despite Unai Emery toying with utilising him out wide. Lacazette scored twice on his last France outing a year ago (Picture: Getty) ‘He was called up regularly for us, even though he was not part of the 23-man group for the World Cup,’ said Deschamps of Lacazette’s return. ‘But he has been rather good for his club, and his scoring statistics are of a very good level. More: FootballDidier Deschamps tells Unai Emery the best position to play Alexandre LacazetteEscape artist has to be rescued after he starts drowning in tankRonaldo celebrates daughter's first birthday as he thanks her for 'one year of bliss' ‘With the French team he has already done some interesting things, and some other less interesting things.’ On if Lacazette is a like-for-like replacement for winger Martial, he continued: ‘Lacazette is an axial [central] striker. Lacazette has earned the striker spot at Arsenal with Aubameyang on the left (Getty) ‘It’s true that he has already been able to evolve elsewhere for his club, but it is in the axis [leading the line] that he is at his most powerful.’ Paul Pogba also withdrew from the France squad along with Martial, with Lacazette’s north London rival Moussa Sissoko also called up for matches against the Netherlands and Uruguay. More: Arsenal FCDanny Welbeck gave team talk to Arsenal squad from hospital...


Published By: Metro - Monday, 12 November, 2018

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