Wenger explains why Arsenal spent record fee on Lacazette

Date published: Thursday 6th July 2017 11:14

Arsene Wenger believess that Alexandre Lacazette “is a great addition” for Arsenal.

Lacazette joined the Gunners on Wednesday after finally sealing his £46.4million exit from Lyon.

The striker discussed his desire to follow in the footsteps of French Arsenal legends such as Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira.

Gunners boss Wenger is in no doubt of what Lacazette can add to the squad.

“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,” Wenger said on the club’s official website.

“He is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”

Lacazette is expected to be part of the squad which heads to Australia and then China on tour this weekend, with a first home appearance likely in the Emirates Cup at the end of July.

The arrival of Lacazette may have bolstered the Gunners attack, but it also casts doubt over the future of fellow France international Olivier Giroud, who has been linked with a £20million move to both Everton and West Ham.

Arsenal also are looking to tie down key men Sanchez, linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich, as well as Ozil, both of whom have just one year left on their current deals.

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