With Arsenal agreeing a deal for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, here is a look at how the player could contribute to Arsenal’s chances in Premier League if they sign him this summer.
The 26-year-old Lacazette made 45 appearances last season for Lyon across all competitions. The striker managed to find the back of the net 37 times, and made five assists for his teammates.
History at Lyon
The French international has spent his whole career at Lyon, and made 275 appearances, scoring 129 goals scored and creating 43 assists since his debut in the 2009/10 season.
The 2014/15 season was his first breakthrough campaign. With Lyon losing their first-choice striker, Lisandro Lopez, Lacazette took his chance and cemented his place in the starting 11.
In that season he scored 27 goals in 33 games, surpassing even Zlatan Ibrahimović at Paris Saint-Germain as the league’s top striker.
It’s also worth mentioning that the player started his career as a winger but made the transition to centre-forward and has been brilliant ever since.
Lacazette’s greatest strength is his prolific finishing.
He has a natural talent in finding his way around the goalkeeper and with his instinct for goal combined with a great technique, he’s one of the most lethal strikers in the game.
He is also able to use both feet to shoot. Even though he is primarily right-footed, he is still very dangerous when on his ‘weaker’ foot.
Although Lacazette is not one of the tallest players, he does have enough physical strength to defend himself while holding the ball as he waits for supporting players to arrive.
Another great feature of his is his dribbling. He’s a handful for opposing defenders and he usually makes enough space for himself to have a go at goal or to open up a chance with his probing passes.
His attacking movement and positioning are every midfielder’s dream. Lacazette keeps defenders busy for the whole 90 minutes, and often makes runs behind their backs to find an opening to receive a pass.
His lack of height could be considered his only real weakness and the player doesn’t present a significant aerial threat for the opposition.
Other than a lack of aerial threat, Lacazette is a very valuable striker when provided with the right support.
How would he fit at Arsenal
At Lyon, the whole squad is more or less oriented to provide passes to Lacazette and his job is to stay up front and score goals.
At Arsenal he would have more defensive obligations, and there is also a possibility of Arsene Wenger utilising him in a slightly wider role than the one he’s used to.
The price of £44m which seems to be the figure that Lyon have accepted could not be considered unreasonable at all due to his age and his proven abilities as a striker.