Confirmed: Arsenal sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon

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Arsenal have signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon on a five-year deal for a club-record fee €53 million rising to €60 million with add-ons.

The France international, 26, leaves his hometown club after 14 years having scored 129 goals in 275 appearances across all competitions. Last season he hit 28 goals in Ligue 1, the best total for a French player since Jean-Pierre Papin in 1991.

The Gunners used the club’s Twitter feed to tease the player’s arrival at the training ground.

They then confirmed the deal via Instagram with a punny hashtag #lacanewsigning

He’s here… #LacaNewSigning #Arsenal #Lacazette

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Lacazette had previously agreed terms with Atletico Madrid only for the move to collapse when the Spanish side were hit with a temporary transfer ban.

Arsene Wenger said of his new boy: “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.

“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character. So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”

It remains to be seen whether Lacazette, who is the Gunners’ second signing of the summer after Sead Kolasinac, is a replacement for compatriot Olivier Giroud who has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer.

The club have confirmed that the new signing will be on the plane for the tour to Australia and China.

Welcome to Arsenal Alex, we hope you brought your scoring boots with you…

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wellarsed

Welcome aboard!

ontheup

I’ve got to give it to the club for the hashtag. #lacanewsigning Wonder if they will use it when he is 31, out for 3 weeks (i.e. 6 months), we are desperate for a new striker and he comes back.

Goonsquad

But he’s only got one leg…

Anonymarse

It would have cost an extra 20m to get both

Anonymarse

At least it’s his right leg

Artem

How long did you have this article ready to be published? 🙂

Frog

Cool

bendtnerschristmastree
bendtnerschristmastree

LacaNewSigning!

Maniac

Haha the Arsenal social media chaps have a good sense of humour!

George the Gooner

Wasn’t their line, using ‘laca’ like ‘like a’ just saying

George the Gooner

They robbed from an Arsenal fans tweet! Down vote that bitches!

George the Gooner

Bitches

Anonymarse

They stole it from here

DodgeZA

Welcome!

Mr. G

Good stuff! Solid signing if you ask me. Now for a few more please 🙂

Sid

That could be anyone with a beard.

Mpls

I was waiting to see the camera cut to that electric Eboue smile

keneh

so how many Alex’s have we got at the Arsenal no, eh?!

gooner

They are the new Emmanuels

Mpls

The real question is how many will we have September 1.

Don

A good player no doubt but this transfer window can’t be evaluated until we see our squad first game of the season.
Were Alexis to go, we’d need more than just Lacazette. But it’s a start.

Stikkman

I hope aulas shuts up now.

Chippys chip

Happy with that. Can we have some more please.

Anonymarse

Doubtful, but at least we won’t have listen to him any more

Parisian Weetabix

Fun fact: French pronunciation dictates that is name is pronounced the same as “Hola”.

…use this information wisely.

shokim

Welcome to The Arsenal, Monsieur Cassette!

uncle D

Arsenal fans can rest now. Till the next rumour…..

Shonky

To think his wages are now the highest at the club…..by a long way.
Sanchez and Ozil getting twitchy?

Another Paul

How much will he earn? I couldnt find the wages anywhere…

NaanBread

John Cross reports 200k/wk.

Jonas

Someone reported 150k/wk. Is that really the highest?

GunnerYY

Sanchez 140k/week, but Arsenal offers him 280k right now

GunnerYY

Well, finally the striker we all waiting for.
Man, i hope Sanchez stay, Sanchez + Laca + Ozil + Lemar/Mahrez, i can have confidence we can win the league now.

Don’t forget Lehmanns, i hope the guy can fix our mentality problem.

Snoppy Pussy Puss

Not sure we want Lehmann dealing with mental side of things

Mad

We could do with a little more crazy in the ranks right now!

Jijo

If Sanchez leaves, waww.. it’s LMAO !

Scam69

Where the f@ck did that come from?

Stikkman

Giroud got the better beard. I will take lacas goals though.

JordanV

As good a birthday present I could have asked for!

COYG!

Tim

Happy birthday!

B B

Me too!

Tom K

Woop Woop!

Tyler Briscoe

Could this summer be different? Both in wrapping up signings early and the level or quality we sign?

Snoppy Pussy Puss

Quick, composed finisher, intelligent and a bit of a fighter.

So he has scored more goals in last three seasons than anyone else in France. But they say, he scored 10 penalties last season. When you take away penalties from the equation it puts his league minutes per goals higher than Giroud last season.

The thing is he won a lot of the penalties and he doesn’t seem to miss them!

Also good penalty takers and set piece specialist (Lemar please) should be welcome into our squad as we have a serious lack of both.

Just hope he gets in the goals early in and settles quickly.

Jonas

I’d like to see the play involving all 10 PKs. How was he involved? Buildup? Created the contact? There’s something going to be said for getting 10 freebees. If he helps generate those PKs, that has quite a bit of value as well.

Snoppy Pussy Puss

Don’t think he got all 10 but counted at least 4 when he was chopped down in the box going past a defender.

He has got great acceleration, real burst of pace over first few yards
which defenders find difficult to deal with.

Jonas

Exactly. Remember the recent season where Arsenal had all of about 5 pks called in their favor?
I would guess that if we saw stats on pks/team/season, and league wide conversion rates on those PKs, any worry about a guy who generates and scores from the spot would be fairly moot.

Lion

Ronaldo gets alot of penalties too, remember?

Julianski

I’m not too worried about 10 penalties, because his tally when you take them away is still 27 last season.

Griffbox

Hi.

I hope you score a fuck load of goals.

Bye.

JustBrowsing

Hoorah for Zoidbrg, and us fans of course. Genuinely excited to see him play in the famous red and white. Onwards and upwards 🙂

JordanV

Hopefully will be the clinical finisher we’ve been missing these past few years since Judas left

COYG

Spinogunner

We are getting our business done early!!!!
2 of the 3/4 signings are already done and pre-season matches haven’t even started.
<3 <3 <3 <3

steve

Lets hope this is the start of something special for us all 🙂

Snoppy Pussy Puss

Can see why the delay in announcing this now. Took AFC all day to produce the shite video and crap sound track.

Zeus99xx

Actually, the delay was due to French bourse rules, Lyon is a listed company so announcement had to wait until end of trading.

Welcome to The Arsenal, Alexandre.

Artem

He has a pretty decent chant already: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35uHxJyzGcE

Smart-Arse

Great chant! Will enjoy watching our fans struggle to pronounce the end of AlexanDRE in that guttural, throaty French pattoire

JAL

Not a bad plan B, clearly couldnt get mbappe then

Dial square

FFS…..

Henry

Bang them in and we will love you forever

Godfrey Twatsloch

That’s what all women say!

Goldencannon

What makes me excited and happy is the fact that they have done this early which suggests he was one of their top targets. Look forward to many of his goals

Vehcede

Boom Xhaka Laca 😉

charmin

“Ram Xhaka Laca”

Jordan

Has anyone seen the hashtag we’re using for this signing. The club have become self-aware…

#LacaNewSigning

Jordan

Commented before I read the article. My bad

Snoppy Pussy Puss

Am currently in South Africa where Laca (sp Lekka) means great, excellent etc

Tom Gun

We can finally look forward to him getting on the end of a beautiful Xhaka pass:

Xhaka….Laca….boom!

Des

Good signing now let’s add a few more

NW Gooner

GET IN THERE!

Original Paul

I like it me.

Oz\'Workofart

Now i can bench walcott on fifa 🙂 LacaGoodsigning!

A different George

If he plays with Iwobi, the Ox, and Sanchez, we can have the triple-A–the all-Alex attack.

Mpls

That would be quadruple, I believe.

Magneto

The A-Men.

charmin

“X-Men”

Foggy Bottom

Finally, we’ll have a speedy striker leading the line!

Parisian Weetabix

me: yeah but how will we know if he’s actually any good?

arsenal youtube channel: *posts video of Lacazette doing five keepie-uppies and an around the world*

O2ba

We’ll at least were not #lacinewsignings

Gunnya

LANS

Yaks

Lacazette Boost

Alex

Front 4 of Lacazette, Iwobi, Oxlade-chamberlain and Sanchez now possible. 4/11 of the way to my dream team

TaffyGooner

Shame it on as wasted on Nasri but….

La la, la la, la la la laaa. Alex Lacazette! ALEX Lacazette!!

IndieGooner

Welcome!!
Hope we end up having to pay those add-on fees as well!!

santori

Excellent addition.

Thus far we’ve added well. Kolasinac for free, now a very consistent scorer in ligue one over 4 seasons and one who also creates.

He’s to me like a quasi-striker, someone who can play up top but also offer utility out wide, someone like a Walcott with nuance.

Which is exactly what we need to improve.

IMO though this moves is predicated with the view that Alexis (not Giroud as erroneously assumed by so many) may be leaving.

I feel we will need one more addition in wide area to truly improve rather than merely replace. Mahrez would be a good buy for us as he has that technicality/unpredictability Alexis brought.

Wenger is one of the best operators in the market. If he fails it may be more due to tactics constrained by ideology or not buying enough. BUT as far as market acumen is concern, he is a legend.

B1G_D

Now we need to sign La Compact Dizc, La Vinyl and La MP3

Godfrey Twatsloch

…La Losslesse Formatte,

Charley

The importance of being Alex by Arsene Wenger

Matt

Welcome! Finally a clinical finisher.

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