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Alexandre Lacazette, at the crossroads


Replacing and at the end of his contract at Arsenal, the French international comes at a pivotal moment in his career.

Deliverance. Emirates Stadium, 95th minute, Crystal Palace leads 1-2. Arsenal boarded and desperately tried to get back to the score. On a last attempt, Ben White tries a deflected shot, repelled by Guaita who returns to the feet of Alexandre Lacazette. The entire stadium holds its breath. The French international, who entered during the game, has the opportunity to put the teams back on an equal footing and remove a fine thorn from Mikel Arteta's side. The attacker ensures his momentum. Arsenal equalizes, Lacazette exults, the Emirates enter into euphoria. A moment of intoxication for a player in difficulty this season. Confined to the bench, at the end of the contract next June, the short-term future of Lacazette at Arsenal is uncertain. However, when he arrived in 2017,the native of Lyon was to start a new era on the front of the attack.

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The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal

A contrasting adventure at Arsenal

Crowned with an excellent season in Lyon in 2016-2017, as evidenced by his 28 goals scored in Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette is arousing the envy of several European cars. Very close to rallying his friend Antoine Griezmann to Atlético Madrid in June 2017, his transfer was finally aborted following a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which prohibited the Spanish club from recruiting before the following winter. Arsenal appears as a secondary option. For his part, Arsène Wenger follows the player, but does not activate all the means available to snatch his services. Finally, an agreement was reached in July 2017, for a sum of around 60 million euros. In direct competition with his compatriot Olivier Giroud, Alexandre Lacazette knows he is expected for his debut.Express adaptation because he scores for his first match under his new colors against Leicester (4-3).

At the end of a first season marked by the departure of Arsène Wenger, the striker made encouraging first steps, scoring 14 goals in the Premier League.

The following season, Alexandre Lacazette bursts the screen.

Involved on 21 league goals, the Frenchman is acclaimed for his growing contribution to the game.

Able to play back to goal, technically fine, altruistic, Lacazette is the ideal teammate on the attacking front.

Scorer five times in the Europa League, he is a key player in the course of the Gunners, defeated in the final by their rival, Chelsea (4-1). A completely missed end of the season which deprives Unai Emery's proteges of a qualification in the Champions League. A turning point. Arsenal chained two consecutive seasons to a little and shining 8th place under the leadership of Mikel Arteta. Despite an FA Cup gleaned in 2020, the Gunners disappoint and gradually get stuck in the soft underbelly of the Premier League. On alternating current, Alexandre Lacazette does not impose himself as a permanent holder in the long term. However, the Frenchman concludes each Premier League exercise with a minimum of 10 goals and flaunts the wide range of his qualities. Active participation in dry cleaning,invaluable in his discounts and capable of brilliant shots but the Frenchman struggles to be consistent throughout a season. An uncertain status and irregular performances which kept him away from the Blues.

The France team, a missed story

His arrival at Arsenal should allow him to pass a course. In the most exposed championship in the world, confronted every weekend with English jousting, Alexandre Lacazette had to reverse the trend with Didier Deschamps. The coach of the France team has never placed much confidence in the best player in Ligue 1 in 2015. Yet this bet failed to work. In November 2017, Lacazette gave satisfaction to a national gathering. Holder against Germany in a friendly match, the striker pulled out of the game and scored a double. The benchmark match for Lyonnais in the France team. While the main interested party pushes towards the exit Olivier Giroud at Arsenal, the opposite case occurs with the Blues. Often claimed by French supporters,Alexandre Lacazette continually loses credit in the eyes of Didier Deschamps. With the return of Karim Benzema, and his current lack of consideration at Arsenal, the 30-year-old has surely drawn the line on his adventure in blue.

A future far from London?

This season, Alexandre Lacazette is not part of Mikel Arteta's plans.

The French played only 185 minutes spread over 5 games, in all competitions.

However, the striker has not lost his sense of efficiency as evidenced by his three goals scored.

Decisive scorer in added time against Crystal Palace, Lacazette scored points with his coach.

It was my first goal of the season (in the Premier League).

I know I have to work hard to get a few minutes and try to enjoy as much as possible when I'm on the ground



he told the microphone Sky Sports.

A situation that does not suit him, but Alexandre Lacazette takes his trouble patiently. “

Of course, it's never easy to be on the bench,”

he said before adding.

“You always want to play and bring something to the team. This is what I tried to do. This is the first time (that I am a club substitute, Editor's note). I'm just biding my time, I work every day in training for this kind of moment where I can help the team and obviously today (Monday) I scored so I'm really happy


A finding that sparks debate in England. Like Gary Lineker, several observers do not understand the treatment reserved for the number 9 of the Gunners. like Sambi Lokonga, new to Arsenal this summer. “

He supported me, he supported the team. I think when we arrive, we have to bring this mentality that Lacazette brought

. ”

Considered as an executive in the locker room, the French international enjoys great recognition among young shoots of the club, like Sambi Lokonga, freshly arrived at Arsenal this summer. “

He supported me, he supported the team. I think when we get there we have to bring that mentality that Lacazette brought.


At the end of his contract next June, Lacazette arrives at a pivotal moment in his career.

At 30, the striker must make the right choice regarding his future in order to get back into good shape.

To recover some cash, Arsenal could sell the player in January.

Asked about the question, Mikel Arteta preferred to kick in touch.

We are focused on getting the most out of




and he shows every day that his commitment is there.

We just want to give him the right minutes so he can show his quality and help the team do better.


Source: lefigaro

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