Alexandre Lacazette taking the knee for Arsenal right in front of Slavia Prague players last night was an “iconic” piece of footballing imagery.
That is according to ex-Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Arsenal’s 4-0 victory in the Europa League quarter-final.
Lacazette netted twice as Arsenal completed a 5-1 aggregate victory but it was his actions before the match which drew the most attention.
The French striker defiantly took the knee directly in front of the Slavia side whose policy is not to perform the gesture.
Slavia’s Ondrej Kudela received a 10-match ban for racially abusing Rangers’ Glenn Kamara in the previous round of the competition.
Campbell lauded Lacazette for his show of strength and revealed that he was over the moon that Arsenal “whooped” the Czech opposition.
“That’s gonna be quite an iconic picture,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“I’m glad Lacazette’s done that. One of the Slavia players has got a 10-game ban and they’ve done the same at the Emirates, they stood up, that’s what they do.
“But the fact that Lacazette faced them all, looked them in the eye with the captain’s armband on, I thought that was a really good sign for what was to come.
“Arsenal went for them from the off. Arsenal whooped Slavia Prague who hadn’t been beaten at home for two years.”
Lacazette has scored 17 times in 38 appearances for Mikel Arteta’s side this season.
That takes his overall tally in Arsenal colours to 65.