Five things to know about Alexandre Lacazette

5) Played at all levels for France

Arsenal’s potential new signing has experience, to say the least. Lacazette knows a thing or two about perseverance. Often the younger players shine at Under-21 level, but then fail to establish themselves on the bigger stage. However, Lacazette is not one of those. Despite his obvious talent, he played for the U16s, U17s, 18s, 19s, 20s and 21s. He made his national team debut at 22 and since has been an ever-present selection for the national side. While he may not yet be a starter for the national side, he is always an option to bring on from the bench.

4) Ligue 1 Team of the Season Regular

The Frenchman has been an undisputed starter for Lyon ever since his debut back in 2010. He has since scored 100 goals for Lyon in 203 appearances. Despite PSG’s domination of French football, Lacazette has managed to make it to the Ligue 1 team of the year for the last three years. His talent and potency has seen him surpass Cavani, Di Maria for a place in the Ligue 1 team of the year. Lacazette’s arrival will essentially mean that Ligue 1 loses its best home-grown striker. Lyon have signed his possible replacement in Bertrand Traore; however, Lyon will struggle to replace the leader, who was an inspiration to the young guns.

3) Lyon record holder

Lyon has scored 20+ goals in each of the last three campaigns. The striker had the best conversion rate in each of Europe’s top five leagues. He scored 27 goals in the 2014/15 campaign; a club record. However, he broke his own record last season when he scored 28 goals. Only two of his goals came from outside the box which is a testament to Lacazette’s fox in the box playing style. His poaching skills will be crucial to Arsenal’s possession football, as the Gunners have lacked a clinical finisher to finish off their fine moves.

2) Football runs in the blood

Alexandre is not the only Lacazette in the family who plies his trade through football. Both his elder brother and cousin have been involved in the game. Alexandre’s cousin, Romuald Lacazette, currently plays for 1860 Munich in Germany as a central midfielder and won caps for the Under-18 team. While his elder brother played in the second division Swedish football. The elder brother, Benoit, later retired to become a coach.

1) Claude Puel gave him his chance

The recently sacked Southampton boss, Claude Puel, was the one who gave Lacazette his break. The Portuguese was the Lyon manager between 2008/2011. Lacazette was given the chance by Claude Puel after spending years in the club’s youth academy before Lacazette had even signed a professional contract with the club.  Lacazette established himself as the first team member the following season and has since been a regular for the French club. The forward is known for his direct running and pressing the opponents’ defenders. His signing could provide the club the necessary push to get themselves out of the mediocrity they have been in what the last few years.