The Gunners badly needed to sign a proven quality out and out striker this summer and they have done exactly that by hiring the services of French international Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.
Arsenal have a habit of signing French strikers and the likes of Anelka, Henry, Wiltord excelled under the manager of French boss Arsene Wenger.
Yesterday, the North Londoners officially confirmed the signing of Lacazette for an undisclosed fee. Reports going on in the media suggest that the club broke their transfer record to secure his signature.
According to Mirror, the Gunners completed his signing for a deal worth £52million. Moreover, the British source claim that the 26-year-old striker agreed a contract which will make him earn £200,000-per-week, £52million ($67million) in the next five years.
Alexandre was in fantastic form for the Ligue 1 side in the last campaign. In 30 league appearances, he directly contributed in no fewer than 31 goals (28 goals and 3 assists).
Overall, he made 45 appearances (all competitions) for Lyon last season and directly contributed in 42 goals (37 goals and 5 assists). We can expect Lacazette to replace Olivier Giroud and start as the lone center forward in Arsene Wenger’s team next season.
It will not come as any surprise if the former Montpellier star opts to move away from the Emirates in this summer’s transfer window. In the presence of Lacazette, Giroud will get fewer minutes if he stays. Regular first team football is a must if he wants to earn a place in the national team squad for next year’s World Cup.
Now that Arsenal have strengthened their strike-force, Wenger must splash the cash to reinforce other key departments and it will be intriguing to see who he will sign next. One can always take a punt on who will be heading there next and in case you are looking for extra cash for betting then sky bet free bet must be tried.
If Arsenal can hold on to stars like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez then they should not be worried about signing playmakers to reinforce their attacking midfield in the transfer window.
The North Londoners do need to sign a versatile midfielder, who will be able to replace Santi Cazorla. The veteran Spaniard has proved to be injury prone in the past two seasons. Moreover, Arsene Wenger must also sign a strong central defender to replace veteran German international Per Mertesacker, who is past his best.