Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has said he misses the atmosphere of French football and suggested English fans are “more spectators than supporters.”
Lacazette moved to the Emirates Stadium from Lyon in 2017 but doesn’t rate the English fans as highly and told Le Progres:
“I miss Ligue 1’s atmosphere. In England, the fans are more spectators than supporters. There’s a better atmosphere in French stadiums.”
Lacazette scored 17 goals in his maiden season for Arsenal but appears to be enjoying himself more this time around and has five goals to his name from only 10 appearances.
The Emirates is currently the fourth-largest stadium in the Premier League with a capacity of a little more than 60,000, but the north London venue isn’t famed for its atmosphere.
It’s perhaps unsurprising Lacazette is used to a stronger sense of atmosphere in France, where the stadia are generally smaller than their English counterparts.
The only 20 current Premier League stadium that has less than 20,000-seat capacity is Bournemouth’s Vitaly Stadium. The club plan to replace the venue with a new stadium with a larger capacity.
In comparison, six of Ligue 1’s 20 teams play at a stadium holding 19,000 or fewer. Lacazette would appear to have an appreciation for those smaller locations, where noise and vibration tend to travel more easily.
The contrast continues at the other end of the scale. Tottenham Hotspur are using the 90,000-seat capacity Wembley Stadium as their home venue for the time being, although Manchester United’s Old Trafford is a commendable second, which holds nearly 75,000.
Even that is considerably larger than the 67,000-seat Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Almost half the Premier League (eight teams) have venues that can hold more than 50,000; Ligue 1 has just three.