A recurrent piece of information coming from the football rumour mill is the one relating to Arsenal’s imminent signing of Olympique Lyonnaise striker, Alexander Lacazette.
Arsene Wenger, it must be remembered, had a twenty nine million pounds bid for the French striker rejected by his club last season.
With pressure continually mounting on Wenger to restore the club to its past glory ; and the fans of the club still smarting over his failure to qualify for next season’s champions league – the news of Lacazette’s imminent move to Arsenal would definitely be viewed by many as a move in the right direction.
A look at last season’s final league table shows that Arsenal scored eight goals less than the eventual league winner,Chelsea.So if they had a striker of Lacazette’s quality in the their attacking line last term, it stands to reason that they could have possibly won the league.
Admittedly, such reasoning has its inherent flaws, but what is indisputable is that Arsenal were sorely in need of a prolific striker last season.And if any of their out-and-out strikers had been able to score on regular basis, Arsenal’s goal haul would definitely have given them a better standing on the league table at the end of last season.
Arsenal, it must be said at once, need to strengthen key areas in their team to be competitive next season, and one of the areas the Gunners need to improve upon is the striking role.
Alexis Sanchez, who may probably not be in the club next season, slotted into the number nine position for the majority of Arsenal’s matches last season, and he plundered an unbelievable number of goals – thirty in all competitions. For a player operating as a false number nine, that was an awesome feat in itself.
Lets us consider the benefits Lacazette would bring to the Gunners’s team should he sign for them, as speculated in most newspaper sources.
- Lacazette who started football at the age of seven has been involved in all age group competitions for his country,winning a UEFA Under-19 gold medal in 2010.
- He boasts a hundred goals in two hundred and three appearances and fifteen goals in forty seven European matches for his current club .
- His participation in both UEFA champions league and the Europa league competitions for Lyon has enriched his experience and knowledge of the game.
- Lacazette earned his first call-up to the Le Blue in 2013, and scored his first international goal in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in 2015.
A careful study of his football history shows that if he moved to Arsenal, he would be ascending an upward arc in the trajectory of his football development.
Lacazette has the requisite experience to succeed at the Arsenal.
Lacazette is a striker who scores regularly, he would definitely score goals in Arsenal if he is eventually signed.His statistics in both domestic and international campaigns show just how profilic a scorer he is. From 2013 to the last season he has consistently scored over twenty goals each season, winning the top-scorer award in 2014/15.
With the way Wenger sets his team to play and the quality of Arsenal’s players, Lacazette will get better service from his team mates and score goals just the way he has been doing in Ligue I.
Lacazette has the attributes of a modern striker.
- His turn of pace allows him to take on the opponent’s defenders from both flanks and through the gap between the two central defenders.
- His dribbling ability enables him to unlock tight defense lines when teams sit back to defend.
- His ability to use both feet allows him to shoot at the goal post from any position in the final third.
- Lacazette versatility also finds expression in his ability to score all types for goals, ranging from – headers, simple tap-in; goals from strikes within and outside the penalty box.
- He complements his offensive skill with the ability to track back and win balls with tackles.
- The prolific striker is also good at penalty kicks.
Lacazette’s versatility would aid him in opening up opponents’ defense lines and this would allow him and his team mates to score loads of goals if he signed for Arsenal .
Lacazette has the intelligence to play the high tempo passing game that Arsenal have gained renowned for under the managerial era of Arsene Wenger.For a player to operate effectively in Wenger’s tactical formation, his pace, his resourcefulness, his good positional awareness and his ability to play co-operatively as an integral part of an eleven-man machine in the pitch are demanded to a high degree.Lacazette has the afore-listed qualities in abundance.
It is not uncommon for players new to the Premier league to run to the gym, after few games, to bulk up their muscles in order to withstand the physical aspect of the games.This is particularly true for strikers, who by the nature of their primary task, are in constant exposure to central halves of giant stature and bulky muscles in the league. While Lacazette is by no means a players with very imposing size, but he is not easily shaken off the ball and he is not afraid to go into duels with very physically imposing opponents. He has the guile and wiry body to shake off hard-tackling defenders, like the ones found in abundance in the Premier League.
Good Injury Record
The curse of most footballers is usually injuries. Lacazette , as fate would have it, is not injury prone. Considering the rate players are sold in the current tranfer market, Lacazette would definitely require a huge outlay to secure his signature.It is not usually a pleasant experience for clubs when their marquee signings suffer long lay-off due to injuries. On this score, Arsenal have a chance to sign a striker who has no history of recurrent injury problems.
Arsenal signing a player of lacazette quality would be a statement of intent to the club’s dissillusioned fans, and if players of similar status are signed before the season begins it may likely convinced the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Oxalade-Chamberlain to commit to the club.Wenger should go ahead with signing Lacazette ,who is a better striker than the Club’s conventional strikers at this moment.