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      Arsene Wenger has finally explained why he always substitutes Arsenal's £52million striker Alexandre Lacazette.

      The Gunners boss has at times frustrated fans of the north London club by continually hooking the France international.

      He played a full ninety minutes on his Emirates debut, and netted in Arsenal's 4-3 win over Leicester City. But has since found himself being subbed in pretty much every subsequent fixture.

      Lacazette recently overcame injury to return to training, and is seemingly falling down the pecking order at Arsenal, who signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56million in January.

      But Wenger claimed his place in the Gunners hierarchy has nothing to do with why he always feels the need to replace him late into games.

      “I must say that [Lacazette] plays in a position where you sub more than say a defender, Wenger told the Arsenal magazine.

      “You substitute a striker more than you would a defender, because they always have to provoke, to defend, to attack, you have to create holes in the defences. The strikers are more subbed than others.

      “Secondly, he was in an adaptation period where I felt that, without any objective measurement, that sometimes he struggled a bit more in the second part of the game, especially in the last 20 minutes, to create the movement he can.

      “I put that down to an adaptation period. It was not so much physically – that didn't drop so much – it just looked like he was a bit less sharp.”

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