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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Alexandre Lacazette may have lost confidence after the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.

The signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may have hurt Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Lacazette came off the bench and missed a great late chance in Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.

Since arriving from Lyon for a reported €53million in July, the Frenchman has scored just nine goals in 29 games in all competitions.

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With Arsenal signing Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £56m in January, Wenger said that may have dented Lacazette’s confidence.

“For him, one against one with the goalkeeper, he is a good goalscorer,” Wenger said.

“He has gone through difficult periods before. He works hard in training, works on his finishing.

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“I don’t know what happened, did he not touch the ball well? It can happen, it is a fraction of a second.

“Maybe the confidence is not at its highest because he has seen a competitor coming in for him.”

Arsenal face Ostersunds in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday.

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