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Why Alexandre Lacazette Would Be A Good Signing For Arsenal

For those who don’t know, Arsenal’s priority transfer target this summer is Alexandre Lacazette. The Olympique Lyon forward has drummed up interest from a whole host of clubs over the years, including; West Ham, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and of course, Arsenal. But now it firmly looks as though the Gunners are in prime position to sign the Frenchman as they’ve met the transfer valuation that Lyon desire.

Now the whole internet is ablaze with excitement at what could be a marquee signing for Arsène Wenger’s men. As well as the French striker, the Gunners have been linked with Kylian Mbappé, Riyad Mahrez, Ousmane Dembele and Aleksandr Golovin.

At the start of the window, Arsène Wenger stated his team would need 2 or 3 players to fulfil their potential. They’ve already signed Bosnian left-back Sead Kolašinac from German team Schalke, now it’s time for a forward option.

Here are 3 reasons why Alexandre Lacazette would be a good signing for Arsenal.

Versatility in attack

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Alexandre Lacazette created 46 chances in 30 Ligue 1 games.

The Frenchman is a prolific forward that can both play as a central striker or a winger. Alexandre Lacazette’s physical traits of; pace, strength, acceleration and agility mean he can occupy any role amongst the front three in several systems. His skillset allows him to adjust his effectiveness to any role but also means he contributes to goalscoring in different ways.

With Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil as the wide forwards behind him, the Frenchman would be well equipped with support from Özil and a striking partner in Alexis. Sánchez and he would constantly produce mazey off the balls runs that split defences and force opposing centre backs to commit & leave their zones. This would thus open up passing lanes for Mesut Özil to exploit whilst also being aided by the commotion 3rd man runs from Aaron Ramsey.

Over the years the Gunners have had to settle for Olivier Giroud’s stagnant movement and stiff participation in link up play, if not that then they suffer with Danny Welbeck. Danny Welbeck offers a more fluidity in attack but his ball control does not equate to his movement. Now Alexandre Lacazette can offer the best of both worlds and become the perfect aid to Wengerball in 2017.

He’s prolific

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Alexandre Lacazette had a 65% shot accuracy last season.

For years upon years, Arsenal have cried out for that clinical striker to take them to the promised land. A striker like Thierry Henry that can change the fortunes of a game with one strike, consistently. The closest thing we’ve come to that is Robin Van Persie, and the Dutchman only had 1 good season. Alexandre Lacazette may not be Thierry Henry but he is French and that’s good enough for me. Plus his goalscoring record doesn’t look too shabby either.

In 206 games for Olympique Lyon, the 26-year old has scored 119 goals, that’s just over a goal every 2 games. The man is a born finisher that turns draws into victories in the twinkle of an eye. This season, the Frenchman has been no different. In 30 Ligue 1 games last season, Lacazette netted 28 goals whilst assisting 3 times. This was no fluke season either, the 26-year old has scored 20+ goals in his past three campaigns.

On top of all that the Lyon striker has the highest conversion rate of anyone in Europe’s top 5 leagues who has scored over 20 goals. His conversion rate in the 2016/17 season was an outstanding 38.9%.

Some may cry out for wonderkid Kylian Mbappé but I’d prefer to take a proven goalscorer over a potential one every day of the week. Mbappé has only had half a good season, Lacazette has had three consecutive exceptional seasons. Think about it.

Shared responsibility

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Alexandre Lacazette has played for France’s U16s, U17s, U18s, U19s, U20s and U21s.

At every big club, there are go to players that carry the average ones along. At Arsenal, we have Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil, the players capable of sparking that bit of magic into a lifeless game. The addition of Alexandre Lacazette would take the weight load off of these star players and thus increase Arsenal’s potency in front of goal.

Title winning teams are often the teams that have the most star players, why? Because when one talisman isn’t up to his usual standard, another one can step in and save the day. Now the Gunners can rest assured that one of their best players will always deliver each game, making their chances of success that much the higher.

About the Author Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with a soft spot for Pascal Cygan.

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