Alexandre Lacazette told Mikel Arteta doesn’t believe in him at Arsenal

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has been warned that Mikel Arteta doesn't believe in him.

Lacazette was dropped against Leeds United on Sunday, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returning to the fold.

The club captain took his chance with style, scoring his first-ever Premier League hat-trick in the 4-2 win.

Lacazette, meanwhile was forced to watch from the sidelines, and didn't even make it onto the bench when Arteta rang in the changes.

Instead, he saw Willian get a chance despite having a torrid start to life at the Emirates.

And former Manchester United forward Andy Cole believes Arteta has clearly lost confidence in Lacazette's ability.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he explained that he feels Lacazette will be disappointed with seeing Aubameyang get back into the team after a spell on the sidelines and instantly make an impact.

"Look at Lacazette and I’m disappointed for him because I don’t think Arteta believes in him," Cole said.

"He’s looking at Aubameyang coming back in after two games on the bench, gets himself a hat-trick… he’ll be saying to himself, ‘that could have been me’.”

Lacazette's future at the Emirates is currently uncertain due to his contract.

The Frenchman will become a free agent in the summer of 2022, and at the moment it seems he might be sold this year rather than leave for free in a year.

But former Arsenal player Perry Groves believes the Gunners need to keep Lacazette at the club, and disagreed with the criticism of the forward.

"As an Arsenal fan, I wouldn’t want him to go,’ Groves added. "When he’s playing, if it’s not going right, he gets the hook after an hour or 70 minutes.

"He’s played seven games on the spin, Arsenal haven’t been great and then you’re playing against Leeds where you know they concede goals for fun and you get left out.

"He’ll be looking at that thinking, ‘do me a favour, this is the game I should be playing in’."

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