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Arsenal officially sign Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyon.

Thursday 6th July 2017
Arsenal Football Club have officially announced the signing of French forward, Alexandre Lacazette. In a deal that could rise up to £52.6m, Arsenal have secured the services of the 26-year old striker on a five-year contract from Olympique Lyon.

The Gunners have officially smashed their club transfer record fee as Alexandre Lacazette will cost them £46.5m up front. The previous record was held by the purchase of Mesut Özil in 2013 for £42m. It's also widely reported that the Frenchman will become the club's top earner, taking home a wage packet of £150,000-a-week. Lacazette will travel to Australia next week with the Arsenal squad as they begin their pre-season tour.
The former Olympique Lyon striker has made quite a name for himself in recent years, thus attracting admirers from all over Europe. In that time the 26-year old featured in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season awards three times.

Over the past 4 seasons, Alexandre Lacazette has scored more Ligue 1 goals than any other player present. The Frenchman has become somewhat of a cult figure at Lyon, breaking their record for most league goals in a single campaign on two separate occasions (28 & 27).

Despite dominating the French domestic scene, Alexandre Lacazette has been touted as  4th choice striker for the national team. Didier Deschamps has only handed the 26-year old 11 caps for the national team, but as his profile rises in London, his prominence on the international scene will also soar.

Earlier in the window, Lacazette reaffirmed his desire to only join a team in the Champions League. Fast forward a month and the Frenchman is joining a club that finished 5th in the Premier League and will be playing on Thursday nights next season. There are only two plausible explanations for his sudden change of heart.

Either we underestimate how big a pull Arsene Wenger is to young French talents or its due to the fact that his preferred destination of Atletico Madrid was unattainable due to their transfer ban. Regardless, let's pray he's able to finish chances as quickly as he's able to change his mind.
The thought of him linking up in an attacking trio with Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez is tantalising for most Arsenal fans. Mesut Özil has waited four years for a competent striker that can make runs in behind defences. Alexis Sánchez has also been left desiring a focal point of the attack that can not only link up with him but make runs off of him too.

If Arsenal are able to keep hold of Olivier Giroud, they'll have two French strikers with contrasting styles, both able to impact a game. Olivier Giroud perfected the role of super sub last season, scoring 12 goals in 18 sub appearances. Now it looks as though he may have to adopt a similar squad status.

Naysayers will try to downplay the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, claiming he's come from a poor league that doesn't represent the standard of European football. But if we look at the last three Premier League PFA POTYs (Hazard, Mahrez, Kante), they were all graduates from Ligue 1. Even Manchester United's best player came from the Ligue 1 the season before, so can we just put that argument to bed?

It's safe to say that Alexandre Lacazette will suit Arsenal and Arsene Wenger's style of play perfectly.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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