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Arsene Wenger revealed new summer signing Alexandre Lacazette is not ready to play 90 minutes.
The French striker was signed from Lyon for a club record fee of £52m pound in the summer and is yet to play a full game for the Gunners.
Lacazette was then brought off for Alexis Sanchez in the 65th minute at Stamford Bridge, making it the fourth match this season that he’s been taken off in by Wenger.
The Arsenal boss spoke earlier in the season about Lacazette needing time to adapt to English football.
Wenger said: “I felt Lacazette had a very good first half.
“He worked very hard for the team, he’s very disciplined and it takes him some time to maintain that intensity for 90 minutes.
“Don’t forget as well I had Walcott, Giroud and Alexis on the bench, so after 65 minutes in a game of that intensity, it’s normal that you bring some fresh legs in.
“I never ask any striker to understand that he has to make room for somebody else.
“You can never do that.”
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