Wenger challenges Lacazette to match Ligue 1 scoring record

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Arsene Wenger has challenged new signing Alexandre Lacazette to try and maintain his fantastic scoring record in France as the record signing prepares for his first Premier League season.

The Gunners face Leicester on Friday night to kick off the new campaign, and the French international will be hoping to get off the mark after a 37 goal season for Lyon last time around.

The Arsenal manager knows it’s a tough thing to replicate that kind of form when moving to England, but says Lacazette should view Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s scoring record for Man Utd last season as evidence it can be done.

“Goal-scoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that’s for sure,” he said.

“With Lacazette, it’s simple. He is an intelligent player. We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well.

“After that, we get the efficiency. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes.

“If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal.

“You could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England. So that’s the target Lacazette should set.”

The former Lyon man is set to start up front tomorrow night, and Arsenal were also boosted by the fitness of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey ahead of the opening game.

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