Player Profile : Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal announced the signing of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette for a club record deal of £52 million, showing their intent of competing at the highest level. The Frenchman revealed his eagerness to work with fellow countryman Arsene Wenger, despite the club not securing a Champions League berth for next season.

Following Robin van Persie’s much-disliked departure to Manchester United, the void created was never quite filled. Arsenal fans have been begging the management to splash the cash for an out-and-out striker, with their rivals having sharp frontmen in the likes of Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Diego Costa (Chelsea), and of course, Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspurs). These are players that can win titles for a team. Lacazette, at 26 years old, is in his prime, and is ready to do so for Arsenal.

Emirates Cup

(Photo Source : Metro)

His stats show that he has consistently been a top performer, racking up 75 goals in 97 appearances in Ligue 1 over the past 3 seasons. While the French league cannot be compared to the English one in terms of competition, it is not hard to envision a successful career for the 1.75m tall striker at the Emirates.
Arsenal have a variety of creative midfielders but lack a goal-scoring machine to convert those half-chances. Lacazette’s style of play is direct, just the prescription for Arsenal, making him a deadly finisher from within 18 yards.

As Wenger has mentioned, Lacazette will play as a central striker. The striker has shown that he is sharp, having already scored 2 goals in preseason. He hit the ground running in his first semi-competitive match, hitting the post with a fine shot in the Community Shield final against Chelsea.

With Mesut ozil and Alexis Sanchez assisting the Frenchman,  Arsenal finally look like they have an attack that can dominate Premier League defences once again.

(Statistics : courtesy of Squawka)


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