French striker Alexandre Lacazette has been signed by Arsenal football club for a fee reported to be around EUR53 million on a long-term contract.
Lacazette 26, scored a total of 37 goals in 45 games for Lyon last season. He is expected to be a valuable addition to the Gunners.
A Statement by the club however said that the player was signed for an undisclosed fee and he will join the squad for their preseason outing in Sydney Australia.
“Alexandre Lacazette has agreed to join us on a long-term contract, for an undisclosed fee. He is expected to travel with the tour party to Sydney this weekend and is likely to make his home debut in the Emirates Cup on July 29 or July 30.”
Wenger said: “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. So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”
In an interview with Arsenal.com, Alexandre Lacazette said he’s delighted to join the club. “I am, of course, delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club. Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.”
Although Arsenal will not be competing in the UEFA Champions league, the club is poised at adding some more quality player to the squad. Reports have it that the English club has tabled a bid for Monaco winger Tomas Lemar.
Alexandre lacazette is Arsenal’s second signing of the summer after Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac joined on a free transfer.