Alexandre Lacazette has explained why he barely celebrated opening his Arsenal account just two minutes into his debut against Leicester.
The striker struck with just his second touch of the ball, planting a wonderful header beyond Kasper Schmeichel having been picked out by Mohamed Elneny’s cross.
It was a wonderful finish, one that got Arsenal fans excited by what is to come from the club’s record signing – but many were surprised by the lack of celebration that followed.
So Lacazette has now offered an explanation.
“I think it was still too early,” he said.
“That’s how it came about but I think it was perhaps too early to celebrate because we didn’t know how the match was going to pan out.”
Lacazette’s early goal was just the start of what was a dramatic night at the Emirates.
Arsenal looked to be heading for another opening day defeat when they trailed 3-2 with under 10 minutes remaining in north London.
But they ended up coming from behind to snatch a 4-3 victory thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s equaliser and Olivier Giroud’s late winner.
“It was a rollercoaster ride but it went well,” said Lacazette. “We let in some goals we could have avoided but we’ll work to ensure we don’t concede any more like that during the season. Fortunately we ended the game on a high.
“Obviously I’m still getting used to the English game, the positives and negatives, shall we say, but I’m learning. It’s interesting. Let’s say the referee tends to let play continue and you only really understand that when you experience it.
“Not that it’s a positive or a negative, it’s just the way the game is and you get used to it. It’s nice.
“It is different to the French league but I knew that already. It’s up to me to adapt.”