Arsenal’s latest signing, Alexandre Lacazzete has revealed his delight at join what he calls a legendary club.
Lacazette completed his much-anticipated switch from Lyon to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday for a fee reported to be in the region of €60million.
“I am, of course. delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club,” Lacazette, who admires the club’s “stability” under Arsene Wenger, told the Gunners’ official website.
“Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so that dream has been fulfilled.
“[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.
“In addition, there are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in.
“In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to play here.”
Lacazette arrives in the Premier League after a prolific return of 37 goals across 45 matches in 2016-17 helped Lyon to fourth place in Ligue 1 and a run to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
“When I play I like to use my pace to link up with my team-mates. As a forward, I like to score goals of course, but that not all that I’m about,” he said when discussing his style of play.
“Every time I take a shot at goal it’s because I believe I can score. I don’t just shoot for the sake of it.
“I also try to keep as calm as possible. All that is achieved by a lot of hard work in training.”
Lacazette added: “I want to give 100 per cent in every match. I want to show I’m worthy of the shirt. I want to do everything I can to make sure we win titles.”