Wenger encourages striker Lacazette after scoring twice in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow (photo credit: Reuters)

Prolific Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has admitted that he felt frustrated under former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

The Frenchman was brought in last summer by Wenger, but struggled during his debut season at the club.

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Lack of form and injury led to the Gunners recruiting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, further hampering the striker’s game time.

But the 27-year-old has enjoyed a positive start to this season, scoring five goals and producing three assists in 12 appearances.

Speaking to Ian Wright on Premier League Today, Lacazette said: “On the pitch, yeah, we feel differently. Working harder?] Yes because there is more tactics now.

“The coach as well is demanding higher with every player. Yeah I like it. It’s the best way to improve.

“The coach – it doesn’t matter which player it is – will always ask them to be on the top. I think he’s one of the reasons things are going well.”

Lacazette also revealed that he was left frustrated, by finding himself regularly substituted by Wenger last season.

“Yes I was [disappointed] last season I knew I had to score in one hour,” he added. “When I talked with the coach, he has to make some choices which I have to respect.

“When you’re a striker you want to play all the games and most chances come at the end because defenders are tired.

“That’s why I was frustrated but it was my first season and all my family said “don’t be like this, enjoy the club”. Now I feel I can [stay on for the full 90 minutes].”