Former Barcelona striker Sonny Anderson has tipped him to win the Ballon d’Or in the future, while Thierry Henry recently admitted French football’s latest star forward Alexandre Lacazette is achieving “extraordinary” things in Ligue 1 this season. This is a player Arsenal must make every effort to sign this summer.
The 23-year-old has been in scintillating form since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, having scored 25 goals in 30 appearances for Lyon - including a remarkable 21 in 23 games in Ligue 1.
These are even better goalscoring stats than those posted by Olivier Giroud during his spell with Montpellier before the France international secured a £9.6 million move to Arsenal in the summer of 2012.
Giroud is good - but not world class
While Giroud has been a very decent signing for Arsenal - having netted a more-than-respectable 52 goals in 120 matches for the Gunners - he falls marginally short of being a world-class striker for several reasons.
The powerful 28-year-old is superb in the air and technically proficient with the ball at his feet, but lacks pace and that clinical - almost cold - ability to finish when presented with a goalscoring opportunity, as we all witnessed in Arsenal’s recent 3-1 defeat to AS Monaco in the Champions League.
Lacazette is the complete package
Lacazette, however, is not only dangerous aerially and impressive with his back to goal, but he is also blessed with blistering speed and has that ruthless eye for goal - that ability to convert chances at the first time of asking - only few strikers at the very top level possess.
Wenger, as a Frenchman and keen follower of Ligue 1 football, will no doubt have kept a close eye on France international Lacazette over the past year or two and, like everybody else, been left impressed with what he’s seen from the Lyon No. 10.
Henry was spot on when he dubbed his compatriot’s exploits as “extraordinary” in an interview last month. The Gunners’ legend himself would have been proud with some of the special goals Lacazette has scored this season.
Arsenal must sign Lacazette - despite Giroud's form
Should the opportunity arise to sign the striker, who looks equally assured playing from the flanks as he does at No. 9, this summer then Wenger mustn’t hesitate - even if it means demoting Giroud to the role of substitute centre-forward.
This is no slight on Giroud’s performances or his overall ability; Lacazette would simply be an upgrade - a striker who would transform Arsenal’s forward line into a formidable unit once again.
If Arsenal don’t sign him this summer, rest assured: another top European club will.
He has proved this season that he’s far too good for Ligue 1 - and while the Premier League would be a major leap in quality, Lacazette seems to have everything required to become a major success wherever he ends up next, from his technical qualities to his ability to perform under pressure.
Arsenal fans: would you rather have Alexandre Lacazette or Olivier Giroud playing as your main striker next season? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!
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