The Arsenal and France international forward Alexandre Lacazette was signed by Arsene Wenger this summer for a club record transfer fee for more than just his goals, although that is clearly a major part of his appeal after he scored more in the last four seasons in Ligue 1 than any other striker, including the PSG stars Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The new Gunner’s game is also about pace and movement which helps the players around him as well as the team on the whole. He is also known for his work rate, pressing and tackling ability and hopefully he will be a fantastic addition for all of these reasons.
Having said all that, Arsenal fans will be hoping that he bangs in plenty of goals for us in the coming months and years and Arsene Wenger thinks that his new striker finding the back of the net just 15 minutes into his Arsenal debut could really help him to do just that, as it will settle the nerves and stop any build up of pressure that we have seen affect players like Giroud and Walcott in the past.
Arsenal.com reports the boss saying, “It is important for him to get that [first goal] off his shoulders because you expect to score if you are a striker.
“You could see that he was happy but overall what we were looking for was to play at pace and to develop our collective game and for long periods in the game that was quite good for us. We had tough opposition because they fought for every ball but at the end of the day their goalkeeper was the man of the match.”
I really do not think we can overestimate just how important it is for a striker to have confidence and for Arsenal too. It could be a massive bonus if Lacazette hits the ground running, so will he be able to fire Arsenal to the title?