By David Ward
Arsenal have finally completed a £52.7m deal to bring Alexandre Lacazette to the north London club. This move breaks the clubs transfer record, previously held by Mesut Ozil when the club paid £42.5m to bring him to the club from Real Madrid.
The arrival of the French striker from previous club Olympique Lyon was announced on Wednesday night and he will play his debut in Australia, when they take on Sydney FC on July 13 and then Western Sydney Wanderers two days later.
The Frenchman will make his home debut on “July 29 or 30” in the Emirates Cup, before playing his first Premier League game later on in August.
Lacazette played 275 games for his previous club, netting an astounding 129 goals, and also has eleven caps for the French national team.
“[I like] Arsenal’s past – I like clubs with a history. Also the fact that the manager has been here for a while shows it is a stable club, which I like.”
Although doubt around Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil remaining at the club for next season is dropping, it is still a relief for Arsenal to have a strong new striker at the club.
After the gunners suffered a disappointing 2016/17 season, they will be looking to strengthen their side in many other areas ahead of the upcoming season. Especially with so many other top English clubs making improvements to their squad this summer, it is very important that Arsenal keep up in order to qualify for the Champions League next season.
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