Informed sources have revealed that Arsenal is engaged in high gear talks with Lyon in a bid to sign their maverick striker Alexandre Lacazette. None other than the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed the Gunners’ interest in the talented forward. The France international was the subject of a £29 million offer from Arsenal which failed to materialise last summer. Lacazette could finally make the move to Emirates this summer with Lyon president asking for £44 million.
Reports this week indicate that Wenger is finally edging closer to sealing the £44 million deal that would see the Gunners bag their prized target by next week. The Lyon chief Aulas has reiterated the fact that Arsenal’s interest in the 26-year-old valuable player is authentic.
However, all indications are that Lyon are in no hurry to sell Lacazette since Atletico Madrid still remains a possible contender for him and the striker might be headed there in January after their transfer ban is lifted. While confirming this possibility, the club’s Lyons chief also said that he is keen on listening to what the striker has to say about the expected move. He also confirmed that he, together with is adviser Gerard Houllier, had met Wenger during the match between France and England (played on June 13) and Wenger expressed his interest.
Most football fans, as well as the betting experts from online-betting.org, are interested parties who are following the developments of the Lyon striker’s anticipated move with a keen interest. But how much do you know about the French international?
Below are 10 fact quick facts about the player that many might not know.
He’s a Prized French Marksman
Lacazette scored a total of 28 Ligue 1 goals in 2016; an unmatched record for any French forward in a single calendar year since Jean-Pierre Papin achieved the same feat in 1991.
The Forward Is A Clinical Finisher
The Lyon striker had the highest chance conversion (38.9 per cent) in Europe’s top five leagues last season, ahead of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner (at 34.4%) as well as Monaco forward Radamel Falcao (33.9%)
He is a European Champion
Lacazette scored a dazzling winning goal through a header against Spain in the 2010 European Under 19 Championship and his goal sealed their 2-1 win over France. He played in that winning team with the current Arsenal midfielder, Francis Coquelin.
His Emirates experience
In less than 24 hours after he led his team to a victory over Spain, Lacazette played for Lyon in the Emirates Cup, whereby he arrived just 10 minutes to the warm-up and started the match against Celtic.
He’s a Puel Product
The Lyon forward came through the youth ranks at the club and was handed his debut by the former Southampton manager Clause Puel, which effectively makes him Puel’s prodigy.
Comes from a footballing family
His older brother played in the Swiss second division before becoming a coach while his cousin Romuald Lacazette plays for 1860 Munich in Germany.
He is a penalty box Maverick
Out of his 28 Ligue 1 goals in the last season, only two were scored from outside the penalty box.
He is an International Goal Scorer
The French international scored his first France goal where they won 2-0 over Denmark, in a game played at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, home to his club’s vicious rivals St Estienne.
In Comparison to Arsenal Players
The Lyons striker scored a total of 28 goals last season. This is more than the goals scored by Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Lucas Perez, and Danny Welbeck combined
Lacazette is in Good Company
Since the 2012/2013 season, only nine strikers have been able to score more goals in the top five Leagues in Europe. These include Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luiz Suarez Edison Cavani, Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gonzalo Higuain, and Sergio Aguero.