Former Arsenal pro hails “perfect” new signing Lacazette

Arsenal tend to be criticised, mainly by their own fans, when it comes to transfer activity, but this week they have made the biggest signing of the summer so far.

On Wednesday, the North London club announced on Twitter and via their official website that Alexandre Lacazette has joined the club from Lyon on a long-term deal.

Arsenal opted not to disclose the fee, but numerous media outlets, including The Telegraph, have claimed that in total, the Gunners will pay a club-record figure of £52m.

Lacazette is an exciting talent given his goalscoring statistics in France. During a seven-year spell, the 26-year-old scored 129 times in 275 outings.

Last season alone, the forward scored 37 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions, and if Arsenal can keep hold of Alexis Sanchez, they will have quite the attacking lineup in the 2017-18 campaign.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas, who spent five years playing for Arsenal in the 1980s, has hailed the club for bringing in such a goal-hungry player.

The Scotsman told Sky Sports News:

“He is at a prime age now to look to hit the ground running at Arsenal. They should have tried to get him three years ago. Arsenal needed a guy who’s intelligent, his movement is good, he’s got good speed and he doesn’t always have to go and be an old-fashioned number nine. He will want to try and improve on his own reputation. I really do think he is a perfect fit.”

Lacazette is the second player to come through the welcome gates at the Emirates this summer following the arrival of left-sided player Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.