Wenger gets his man as Alexandre Lacazette finally signs for Arsenal
Gunners manager: 'He is a guy who will help us challenge at the top level this season'
06 July, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
ARSENAL smashed their club record transfer fee yesterday (Wednesday) when they unveiled French striker Alexandre Lacazette as their second signing of the summer.
The 26-year-old completed his switch from Lyon in a deal reportedly worth in the region of £46.5million, which could rise to £52.6million with add-ons. It easily surpasses the £42.4million that the Gunners paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil four years ago.
Lacazette boasted the highest chance conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues last season (38.9 per cent), scoring 37 goals in 45 games as Lyon secured a fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 and reached the Europa League semi-finals. S
peaking of his “dream move” to north London, he said: “I am, of course, delighted and very proud because Arsenal is a legendary club. “Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled. “I like clubs with a history. Also the fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club which I also like. There are also quite a few French players here, which will make it easier to settle in. In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”
Manager Arsene Wenger said he was delighted to have got his man, having watched Lacazette closely while he was banging in the goals in France.
“We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “He has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character. So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”
Lacazette, who has 11 senior caps for France, joins Arsenal on “a long-term contract” believed to be five years. He will travel with the club to Sydney this weekend, and is likely to make his home debut in the Emirates Cup.