Alexandre Lacazette confirms move to Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette, the French footballer who players for Ligue 1 club side Lyon and the France national team, has joined Arsenal.

The transfer was announced on Wednesday evening.

Image: Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal said the 26-year-old player has signed a long-term contract agreement with the club for an “undisclosed” fee.

Sky Sports quotes unnamed sources as confirming that the France international has been handed a five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, adding that the alleged club-record signing could skyrocket to £52m before the end of his contract.

Alexandre scored 28 goals last season, and is set to exploit the English Premier League as soon as the 2017-18 season kicks off. He has scored over 100 goals since joining Lyon in 2010.

The former Ligue 1 Player of the Year is known for his dribbling skills, pace, and goal-scoring abilities.

Speaking with Arsenal website about the mouth-watering contract, Alexandre said: “I am, of course, delighted and very proud too 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.

He continued: “The fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club which I like. In addition there are quite a few French players here, which makes 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.”

Image: Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger described Alexandre as an “efficient finisher” who has proven himself as one of the world bests.

“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character,” Wenger testified in his press briefing. “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.”

Explaining the inspiration behind his goal-scoring abilities, Alexandre said it’s all about self-confidence.

In his words: “…Every time I take a shot at goal it’s because I believe I can score. I don’t just shoot for the sake of it.”

The footballer made his international debut for France in June, 2013. He was Ligue 1’s top scorer in the 2014-15 season with 27 goals in 33 games.