Arsenal beat West Brom 2-0 at Emirates, Alexandre Lacazette scored both their goals, he looked set to complete his first hat-trick for the Gunners, but Arsene Wenger took him out seven minutes from time, and after the game he was asked to explain why.
I took him off because he was tired. I would have loved him [to score a hat-trick], he had an opportunity. But I gave him the penalty as well you know. Overall what you want is to win the game and not take any gamble
the Arsenal manager told the Evening Standard.
If they come back to 2-1 it can be nervy in the end so when a guy is a bit tired there’s no need to. They’re very strong on set-pieces, when you have Giroud on the bench, you know we might have to defend them or Giroud could score a third goal
the Frenchman also said, before confirming that from now on it’s Lacazette who will be taking Arsenal’s penalties, after his success against West Brom.
Until now I gave it to him. I observed him a little bit because we work as well on penalties in training. He took his penalty well