All Arsenal fans are over the moon with the capture of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, who is a pure goalscoring genius, but it would seem that our 50 million Pound man is simply not good enough for Arsene Wenger’s biggest rival Jose Mourinho.
According to a report in the Express, Man United were considering signing him, but Mourinho dismissed him. The report quotes a ‘source’ who said: “Lacazette was followed because he was top scorer in French football – but a lot of his goals were penalties [10 of his 27 goals last season came from the spot].
“In the end he wasn’t considered because he has no stamina, no physical impact and isn’t a big game player.”
Not a big game player? Okay let us look at the facts shall we? The 26 year-old has averaged nearly a goal every other game for Lyon, scoring 129 times in 275 outings in all competitions. But he has been improving and Lacazette scored 28 goals in 30 Ligue 1 games last season, including scoring at least once against ALL the Top 5 teams. Surely they were considered ‘big games’.
So Mourinho chose Romelu Lukaku instead (for twice the price!), so does the ex-Everton hitman score in ‘big games’. He has played against Arsenal 11 times, and scored 2 goals. Hmmmm. He has played against Chelsea 6 times. ZERO goals. Hmmmm. He has faced United 11 times in his career and scored 3 (and all came in one game). Not such a good record is it?
Anyway the proof is in the pudding as they say, so we will have to assess their qualities as the season progresses, but I promise that Lacazette will score more goals than Lukaku and Jose Mourinho will be sitting back in 6th place yet again…