ARSENAL striker Alexandre Lacazette is finally flourishing at the Emirates because he now has the backing of his manager, Unai Emery.
That is the verdict of Newcastle cult hero Shola Ameobi.
The France international scored the late equaliser in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
James Milner had earlier put the Reds ahead after a poor clearance from Gunners stopper Bernd Leno.
But Lacazette’s sixth goal of the season in the 82nd minute meant both sides took home a share of the spoils.
The 27-year-old had a below-par debut season at the Emirates after arriving from Lyon for a then-club record fee of £52m.
After racking up over 20 goals in his last four seasons prior to the move, Lacazette arrived in north London with a big reputation.
However, he struggled to make the same kind of impact for his new club under Arsene Wenger.
But Lacazette has put those days behind him now, according to former striker Ameobi.
The former Nigeria international believes the striker has finally hit his stride because new boss Emery has given him consistent pitch time.
Ameobi told Goals on Sunday : “Great finish from Lacazette.
“Great run, great ball by Iwobi and a fantastic finish.
“I think it’s because he’s playing week in week out (we are seeing his best).
“I don’t think that happened last season, I think he was in and out.
“And as a striker it’s important to have that run of games, to know that the manager believes in you.
“I think he’s really got that now under the new manager.
“You’re just seeing the quality that he’s got.”