Arsenal Sign French striker Alexandre Lacazette for Record Fee Five Years Deal. English Premier League (EPL) club Arsenal has completed the signing of France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) for a club record £46.5m fee on a five-year deal on Wednesday.
Lacazette has become the club’s most expensive player since the £42.4m signing of German midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in 2013.
The deal is a massive addition to the London club as they have been in search of a top notch striker since Thierry Henry left the club in 2008. Lacazette scored 37 times in 45 games last season, and has netted at least 20 league goals in each of the last three seasons.
The French striker said in a press conference that he had always dreamt of wearing the Arsenal shirt, while praising his hero and club legend Thierry Henry as a source of inspiration.
“Throughout my childhood and thanks to Arsenal’s former striker Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so that dream has been fulfilled.” he said.
Lacazette further added that he was impressed with the stability and history of the club. “I like clubs with a history and the fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club. There are quite a few French players at the club which will make it easy to settle in.” he added.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger, who has faced the wrath of club supporters for not signing world class players and winning major titles in recent years, says the striker would “help us challenge at top level”.
“We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher.” he said.
Lacazette scored 129 goals in 275 matches in all competitions for Lyon after breaking into the first team in the 2009-10 campaign. The 26-year-old is expected to travel with the squad this weekend for two friendly matches in Sydney next week.