With reports trickling in that Arsenal are poised to sign French Striker Alexander Lacazette for a club record fee of £44m after Lyon president, Jean Michel Aulas, confirmed the deal will be complete in the next “one to two days”. Arsenal fans all over the world would have some form of relief that a ‘world class’ striker finally will arrive the Emirates since the departure of Robin Van Persie to Manchester United.
For an Arsenal team that converted 77 out of its 537 created chances in the just concluded season, goal scoring was actually a problem.
The club paid the price for not converting its chances and had to settle for a Europa League spot after finishing 5th.
Having identified goal scoring as a concern judging by the chances created, and with renewed ambition to win the league while seeking to reclaim their Champions League spot, it’s not a surprise that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has gone all out to break the club’s transfer record and bring Lacazette to North London.
Lacazette scored 28 times in Ligue 1 last season – only Edinson Cavani managed more with 35. He has also netted 100 league goals in 203 appearances in the French top flight for Lyon since breaking into the first team.
Seeing the struggles of fellow compatriot Oliver Giroud a former French Ligue 1 top scorer to deliver the goals for Arsenal, a man he’s likely to replace as Arsenal’s Number 9, it’s safe to ask if Lacazette can replicate his performances for Lyon at Arsenal. Can he cope with the Physicality of the Premier League and be the 30-goal-per- season striker the fans have always called for?
With the club’s last seasons top scorer Alexis Sanchez currently involved in a contract dispute with the club and is reportedly likely to leave, Lacazette has his job cut out for him to solve Arsenal’s goal scoring problems. Or what do you think?