Alexandre Lacazette stole the show for Arsenal once again on Saturday with a stunning goal to earn his side a deserved point against Liverpool during an absorbing contest at the Emirates.
The France striker’s 82nd minute strike was his sixth goal his his last 11 appearances and it extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 13 games in all competitions.
For Lacazette it was just another standout moment in what is becoming a particularly fruitful campaign, one that has just seen him voted the club’s player of the month for October.
The fact that he is keeping the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang out of the central striking spot at Arsenal right now is a clear example of just how well he is playing.
So just what is the secret to the 27-year-old’s sparkling form?
“I feel well,” he explains. “I’ve played a lot of games and I’ve helped the team with some goals and assists too.
“In training I feel good. I feel confident. There’s a good feeling here with staff and with my team-mates too, so I’m happy with the start to the season.
“When you’re feeling really confident, you notice it from your feeling on the pitch too. If I’m happy, I know I’m in form.
I’m 27 now and I think I know my body better than I did before too.”
Saturday’s goal saw Lacazette move ahead of Danny Welbeck to be Arsenal’s second highest scorer so far this season, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leading the way with nine goals, three more than the Frenchman.
Given they are both vying for the central striking role in Emery’s side, it would perhaps be understandable if there was a bit of competition between the two – but that is not the case.
In fact the two forwards are very close and between them they have also played a key role in helping Matteo Guendouzi adjust so quickly to life in north London following his move from Lorient in the summer.
“Auba and i get on well but it’s not just with him that I have a good understanding,” said Lacazette. “I really enjoy playing in this team and with this group of players.
“Matteo came over from France in the summer and we spend a lot of time with him. He’s young and maybe when he signed he didn’t know too much about the professional life at a big club, so we had to help him with some things.
“It’s nice because he’s happy to learn and we always have fun together.”