Alexandre Lacazette says he’s targeting titles at Arsenal and revealed he’s always dreamed of playing for such a legendary club after watching Thierry Henry and other French players strut their stuff for the Gunners during his youth.
The France international completed his €53 million move from Lyon this afternoon and will join his new teammates for pre-season training in the coming days.
In the meantime, he’s got a few days to soak up the fact he’s just become the record signing for one of the biggest football clubs in the world.
“I am, of course, delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club,” he told Arsenal.com in his first official interview.
“Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.”
The 26-year-old also touched on why Arsenal proved too tempting an opportunity to turn down.
“Arsenal’s past [was a factor] – I like clubs with a history. Also the fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club which I like. In
“In addition, there are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in. In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”
The striker also touched on what Arsenal supporters can expect when he gets up and running in the red and white.
“When I play I like to use my pace and to link up with my team-mates. As a forward, I like to score goals, of course, but that’s not all that I’m about. I love good flowing football where the whole team is engaged.
“Every time I take a shot at goal it’s because I believe I can score. I don’t just shoot for the sake of it.
“I always try to choose the best option, whether that is to pass or to shoot. I also try to keep as calm as possible. All that is achieved by a lot of hard work in training.
“I want to give one hundred per cent in every match. I want to show I’m worthy of the shirt. I want to do everything I can to make sure we win titles. “