What can Alexandre Lacazette bring to Arsenal?

A look at what Arsenal can expect from their record signing.

What can Alexandre Lacazette bring to Arsenal?
New signing Lacazette poses with Arsenal's 17/18 home jersey | Photo credit: GettyImages- Stuart McFarlane

Arsenal have recently smashed their transfer record to sign France international Alexandre Lacazette from Ligue 1 side Lyon

The 26-year-old has joined The Gunners for a reported £52M fee, and supporters of the North London outfit will be keen to see their new man in action.

Lacazette arrives with the reputation of a goalscorer. He boasts a fantastic record of 100 goals in 203 league games for his ex-club. Can he replicate those numbers in the Premier League? Here's a look at what newboy Lacazette can bring to Arsenal.

A cutting edge

As previously mentioned, Lacazette knows where the goal is. He has been described by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as a "very efficient finisher." 

Since the departure of Dutch forward Robin van Persie in 2012, Arsenal have been crying out for a top class striker, one who can deliver 20-30 goals season in, season out.

Olivier Giroud, for all his endeavour, has proven he is unable to lead the line of a title-winning team. Whereas the likes of Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez haven't quite been the answer.

Arsenal are a team renowned for their style of play. Short passing triangles, combinations and chance creation are the foundations of their game. With that said, a clinical striker will always thrive playing in this system.

The arrival of Lacazette at The Emirates is surely cause for optimism, as he can provide vital end-product that Arsenal are occasionally lacking. With his pace, movement and eye for goal, he will make Arsenal's front line a force to be reckoned with- especially with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez providing the ammunition. 

Reliability from the spot, Europa League experience

Perhaps not the most significant weapon in Lacazette's repertoire, but an important one nonetheless. 

Last season Lacazette scored 37 goals in all competitions, 10 of which came via the penalty spot. So often the difference in a game has been an opportunity (either converted or otherwise) to score a penalty kick. For any team, to have a striker capable of consistently finding the back of the net from 12 yards is certainly of value. 

With Arsenal playing their european football in the Europa League this upcoming season, Lacazette's previous in the competition may come in handy. The Frenchman bagged six goals in the Europa League last season for Lyon, including a scorcher from distance against Serie A side AS Roma

 

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