Wenger tells Lacazette to emulate Ibrahimovic impact

Date published: Friday 11th August 2017 7:59

Arsene Wenger is hopeful new signing Alexandre Lacazette can follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and transfer his sensational goalscoring ratio into the Premier League.

The Gunners will kick-off the new season on Friday night when they host 2015/16 champions Leicester at the Emirates Stadium, with club-record recruit Lacazette likely to lead the line.

While there remains question-marks over the Arsenal future of Alexis Sanchez, who misses the visit of the Foxes with an abdominal injury, Lacazette will be aiming to become a new fan-favourite in north London.

The 26-year-old France international boasted a goal every 86 minutes in Ligue 1 for Lyon last season and, after forking out £45million, Wenger believes Lacazette can be just as deadly on this side of the Channel.

“With Lacazette it’s simple,” he said when asked about the player’s qualities.

“He is an intelligent player who can integrate our game well as we have a game backed on mobility, 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 (in every game).”

While the challenge of scoring in Ligue 1 may vary from finding the net in the Premier League, Wenger wants Lacazette to use Ibrahimovic as his yardstick.

The Swede left Paris St Germain for Manchester United last summer and hit 28 goals before his season was curtailed by injury.

“Goalscoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that’s for sure,” said Wenger.

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

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