France head coach Didier Deschamps has told Arsenal manager Unai Emery to play striker Alexandre Lacazette as a centre-forward.

Lacazette has been struggling to make his mark in the Premier League under Arsene Wenger but is currently enjoying a fine season under Emery.

The 27-year-old has managed to score five goals in 11 Premier League games so far this season.

The France international is naturally a number 9 striker but he is sometimes deployed to the wings under Unai Emery.

But Deschamps has revealed that the former Lyon star is better-suited to playing as a centre-forward, rather than a winger.

Deschamps, who won the World Cup as a player and manager, said: “Lacazette is an axial [central] striker.”

“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.”

Lacazette is facing a serious competition at the Emirates with January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also prefers to play as a striker.

But speaking recently, Lacazette has made it clear that there was no competition between the two forwards.

“Really, for me no,” Lacazette told Sky Sports when asked whether there is competition between the two.

“If Auba scores 40 goals and we go to the Champions League and as well we win something, I will be happy because this season we just want to win something.”

“There is no competition like who scores more goals on the weekend.”

“Maybe in training because it is better to improve, but not on the weekend.”

“It is natural, we just have fun, we laugh, but we work as well.”

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