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Arsenal are allegedly after Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, according to reports emerging from French outlet Le Progres.
The report suggests that Arsene Wenger is determined to use his French ties to lure the promising striker to the Emirates, despite having an initial bid of £40 million rejected: something that Lyon have understandably and categorically refuted.
Wenger isn’t new to using the French connection, as the Arsenal gaffer has in the past resorted to acquiring players from his home country as viable, long term options: with some like Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira becoming household names in the Premier League.
The 66-year old however hasn’t had much luck with his French signings in recent times, as Olivier Giroud has never quite lived to the mark for the Gooners while no one quite knows what happened to Yaya Sanogo.
Furthermore, his failure to sign Anthony Martial despite discovering him ahead of Manchester United was another all too familiar case of close but not cigar, but the Arsenal gaffer looks set not to repeat the mistakes of the past [I’m sure you’ve heard that statement before].
Born on 28 May 1991 in Lyon, France, Alexandre Lacazette has spent his entire career with his local side Olympique Lyon.
He first joined the youth academy as a seven year old and worked his way through the Under-16’s and Under-21’s before finally receiving his first debut in 2010.
No brainer for Arsenal
Alexandre Lacazette’s record speaks for itself, and speaks volumes about his goals scoring capabilities.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have hogged all the headlines throughout his stay in the French capital, but Lacazette has been equally impressive.
In fact, the 25-year old has been among the best performing forwards in the league, scoring a whopping 63 Ligue 1 goals in the last three seasons. His best performance was capped during the 2014/15 season when he won the golden boot having scored 27 times for the Les Gones.
Lacazette is a consistent box-to-box goal scorer who is at his glittering best in a 4-3-3 formation [Headache for Wenger in coming up with the most suitable formation next season].
With an equally icy tenacity to strike the leather within the width of the six yard box, he is exactly what Arsenal needs right now.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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