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French hit, or French farce: Arsenal's new hitman Alexandre Lacazette

Wednesday 12th July 2017
At £52m for a striker who would have been joining Atletico had it not been for an upheld transfer ban, this is a superb signing. But is this a revival of the French connection? Let's wait and see. Will he be a farce, especially considering how long the Gunners had been tracking him, why did no other big clubs substantially pursue him?

Has Wenger proved he's not past it?

The media, writers (myself included) have questioned his influence over the French market, but this deal answers his doubters. Alexandre Lacazette said he's only leaving the Parc Olympique Lyonnais for a Champions League club, but now he's at a side that finished 5th and competing in the Europa League. This signing is a testament to the pull that Arsene Wenger still has.
He's also featured in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season awards three times. In the past four seasons, Lacazette has scored more Ligue 1 goals than any other player. The Frenchman even became a hero at Lyon, breaking their league record for most goals twice. In 2014/15 he hit 27 and last season scored 28, finishing behind only Cavani with 35.

But is he going to fly like Thierry Henry or flop like the recently departed Yaya Sanogo?

Domestically a lion, internationally still a cat

Despite lighting up Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette has been placed as a 4th choice striker for the national team. Didier Deschamps has only handed the new Gunner 11 caps, but as his profile rises at the Emirates, he'll definitely make it to Russia. The thought of Lacazette spearheading a front three of himself, Ozil and Sanchez should get fans excited.

He's the prolific striker that Arsenal has been looking for since the departure of Robin Van Persie. If Olivier Giroud continues to deliver from the bench as he did last season, and Lacazette settles in quickly, Arsenal could have a very potent attack. However, that will mean nothing if their deficiencies are not addressed before the season starts.

Will he be a hit or farce?

At 26, he's had a fair bit of European experience which may serve well for Arsenal's Europa League exploits. His conversion from a winger to striker could allow comparisons to be drawn to Arsenal's record scorer, Thierry Henry. But his style of play has been likened more to former record goalscorer Ian Wright. Either way, he looks to be in good company and only time will tell. If he flourishes, Arsenal fans may be excited at the prospect of a title challenge.

Alternately, if he fails, ArsenalFanTV will definitely be blowing up on a weekly basis, with the likes of DT, Troopz and even Robbie (after persistent poor performances) eventually criticising him.
But this is the risk you get with buying a consistently scoring striker for big money with no Premier League experience. We've seen it plenty of times before with the likes of Andriy Shevchenko and Falcao. We're talking about two of the most feared strikers over the previous 10-15 years. Both players flopped badly.

Is Alexandre Lacazette another flop in waiting?
Tyrone Chambers

I know most people either love them or hate them but I a massive fan of Manchester United. I'm not afraid to speak the truth. Writing it as it is, bold enough to say it in the way no manager or player could say in public. I write about all things football but I love music as well, both listening and playing, keen drummer.

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