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Arsenal defender Sokratis: Now is time for Lacazette to step up

Arsenal defender Sokratis insists Alexandre Lacazette can step in for the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal are set to be without Aubameyang for three matches after he received a straight red card following a VAR review for his 65th-minute tackle on Max Meyer during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Sokratis believes Lacazette can rediscover his best form with the right support from team-mates. The 28-year-old has not scored in six matches but when asked whether Lacazette was scoring regularly in training, Sokratis said: “He's a goal machine. In some games, from the outside, you can't see what he can do or maybe he is a little bit struggling. Auba is a very important player. He's the captain of the team, but now is the time that also the other players step up and show quality.

“Laca on Saturday was against two players every time and when you play the ball to him it's very difficult to do the first control and the second because all the other defenders they are strong. Laca is coming better and better. He's very important."

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