On the 5th July 2017, Arsenal announced the signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in a club-record deal with manager Arsene Wenger having been in search of a 20-goal a season centre-forward who could finally fire the club to its first Premier League title since 2004.
Lacazette arrived at the Emirates as one of the most prolific goalscorers Ligue 1 had seen in years so, naturally, there was much expectation and excitement surrounding his transfer to Arsenal.
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Unfortunately for Arsenal supporters, though, Lacazette was not able to spearhead the club to their 14th English league title.
The Gunners finished the Premier League season in 6th place, while being knocked out of the Europa League semi-final by Atletico Madrid in a campaign that would end as Wenger’s last and worst at the club.
Despite Arsenal’s collective failings, Lacazette still impressed despite going through some struggles himself following his arrival to north London.
The Frenchman managed to score 14 goals and make 31 league appearances, even with another high-profile striker in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang linking up with the squad in January from Borussia Dortmund.
Rather, Lacazette has developed an understanding on the pitch with Aubameyang — something that has become more evident since Unai Emery replaced Wenger in the Emirates dugout — to excite the Arsenal faithful even more.
If Arsenal’s recent 3-2 win away at Cardiff City is anything to go by, it is easy to understand why Gooners were so keen for their club to sign Lacazette.
It was another game where the 27-year-old’s excellent link-up play was on display with the France international participating in an attack that ended with him laying off the ball perfectly to Aubameyang, who then curled the ball into the bottom corner.
And an exquisite finish in the 81st minute — the goal that proved to be the match-winner — served as a quick reminder of how good Lacazette himself also is in front of goal.
As long as the team keeps creating chances, Lacazette will continue to score and, ultimately, prove why Arsenal fans were right to be ecstatic over his arrival.