THE Arsenal legacy of record scorer Thierry Henry lives on – and Gunners’ fans now have something else to be grateful to their former hero for…
Because new record signing Alexandre Lacazette, one of the most lethal strikers in Europe, has revealed that Henry was his inspiration.
As we predicted yesterday, Lacazette has completed his move to the Emirates in a £46.5million deal from French club Lyon.
He has signed a five-year deal and the transfer fee – which could rise to £52.6million with add-ons – surpasses the £42.4million Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.
Lacazette explained there were two main reasons why he wanted to play for Arsenal; their style of play…and his idol Thierry Henry.
He believes the Gunners, under fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger, play ‘the best football in England’. This is the place he wants to be.
The 26-year-old, who is expected to travel with the squad this weekend for two friendly matches in Sydney, also revealed the influence of Henry. And thanked him, and other French stars, for helping to make his dream come true.
Of playing in the Premier League…for Arsenal.
As quoted on the official Arsenal FC website – https://www.arsenal.com/news/i-always-dreamt-playing-club – he said: “Throughout my childhood and thanks to Arsenal’s former striker Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so that dream has been fulfilled.
“I like clubs with a history and the fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club. There are quite a few French players at the club which will make it easy to settle in.”
Lacazette, who has won 11 caps for French national side, was the second highest scorer in Ligue 1 last season with 28 goals.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understandably delighted with his new capture and told Arsenal fans: “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.
“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.”