Andy Cole Bemoans Mikel Arteta’s Treatment Of Arsenal Star, As He Tags It 'very Disrespectful'

Andy Cole is angry to Alexandre Lacazette being dropped by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta after their loss to Man City on Saturday.

Andy Cole accused Mikel Arteta of being "very disrespectful" to Alexandre Lacazette by playing Willian for Arsenal against Manchester City ahead of him.

The North London team lost 1-0 to Pep Guardiola's men at Etihad. Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game for the hosts in the first half.

Arteta opted not to start young forward Eddie Nketiah and instead promoted usual winger Willian to a central attacking role, while leaving forward Lacazette on the bench.

Lacazette did come on to play for the final 21 minutes of the Premier League clash but he was unable to help the Gunners conjure an equaliser against Guardiola’s side.

Now, former Manchester United star Cole has claimed that as a central striker, being dropped to make way for a midfielder in that position is insulting.

Speaking on talkSPORT as cited by Sports Central, Cole said: “I think he is being disrespectful to Lacazette as well. Willian is not a centre-forward. “If you have got a centre-forward on the bench who is your top goalscorer as well, to turn around and say, ‘Look, I am going to play Willian as the centre-forward. You sit on the bench and watch him play centre-forward’, I think that is very disrespectful.

The 29-year old Lacazette has scored three goals in four Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far this season.

The French forward has started three of Arsenal’s five games in the top flight so far this term, and he will be hoping to feature when the Gunners return to action with a home clash against Leicester City on Sunday evening.

Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table as they bid  to return to the top four in Arteta's first full season at The Emirates.