Alexandre Lacazette believes the senior players at Arsenal have to start proving themselves.
The Gunners picked up an impressive 3-1 win away at Leicester City on Sunday, to briefly move ahead of arch rivals Tottenham in the table.
Spurs’ 4-0 win over Burnley put them back in the box seat for north London bragging rights this season, but the Gunners will be hoping to put a poor campaign behind them and and the season on a high.
There has been plenty of praise for the young players such as Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka under Mikel Arteta this season.
Conversely there has been much criticism of the senior players in the squad, who have failed to drive the team forward, with the youngsters more often leading that charge.
And after the win over the Foxes, Lacazette called on his team-mates to up their game.
Talking to BT Sport after the game he said: “We talk a lot about the young players who play really, really well to help the team, but the senior players, we need to be ready to be good, so we don’t have to rely on the younger players.
“When everyone is focused and good it’s easier for Arsenal.”
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The Gunners are tenth in the Premier League table and face an uphill battle to get into Europe next season.
Lacazette is one of the players who has struggled for form, but netting from the penalty spot against Leicester should boost his confidence ahead of the home stretch of league matches and the business end of the Europa League.
He added: “We need to play well and show to the coach that we deserve to be in the side.”