This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
In the summer of 2017, Arsenal decided that enough was enough and that Olivier Giroud needed replacement as the focal point of the side’s attack.
Upon joining the club, Theo Walcott compared the French striker to former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe, claiming they have similar scoring styles (Arsenal via Evening Standard).
Well, £46.5m and just over two years later, Alexandre Lacazette has proven to be a profitable purchase for Unai Emery’s side with his performances upfront.
He began paying back his relatively high transfer fee almost immediately, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further five in just 39 games across all competitions in his debut season (via Transfermarkt). It was a season that saw his value go up on Transfermarkt, who took him up to a cool £54m by May 2018.
By then Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had settled in at the club, and boy did their partnership in the 2018/2019 season prove valuable for the north London giants, boosting Lacazette’s value even further.
Together the two combined for 50 goals and 21 assists as they proved the only players remotely interested in scoring. The France international, himself, won the side nine points as he proved to be a monumental player.
Again, this saw another increase in his value on Transfermarkt with the site raising it to a staggering £63m by June of 2019.
It seems he hasn’t stopped saving the Gunners as he showed with his brace in the 2-2 draw at home to Southampton last month. His second goal arguably saved Unai Emery from getting sacked then and there, according to Sky Sports presenter Chris Kamara (via The Express), though obviously the Spaniard would depart soon after.
Lacazette has proved an astute signing, and if the Gunners can get a better manager than Unai Emery in, his value could skyrocket further than the £63m it stands at right now.
Arsenal fans, what do you make of Lacazette’s time at the club so far? Let us know your thoughts!
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