Has Lacazette shown Arsenal fans that he is the bargain of the summer?

In a summer of gigantic transfer deals for proven goal-hungry strikers, like Romelu Lukaku to Man United, and Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, not to mention the enormous figures being touted for Kylian Mbappe, could Alexandre Lacazette prove to be the bargain of the summer at just 53m GBP?

It took the Frenchman just 94 seconds to open his Arsenal account on his official Emirates debut, and Arsene Wenger believes that Laca gives the Gunners more power up front, although he has also hinted that he can play alongside Oliver Giroud out on the wing. “Lacazette is simple in every game.” Le Prof said. “He is stronger since he has joined us, you know and even when I played Giroud through the middle and him on the left, he did very well on the left, so overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and he is a collective player and an intelligent player as well.”

As for adapting slowly, Laca himself admits that he still has lots to learn about the English game. He said after opening the scoring on Friday. “It was a rollercoaster ride but it went well,” said Lacazette. “We let in some goals we could have avoided but we’ll work to ensure we don’t concede any more like that during the season. Fortunately we ended the game on a high.

“I think it was still too early [to celebrate properly when I scored]. That’s how it came about but I think it was perhaps too early to celebrate because we didn’t know how the match was going to pan out.

“It was good. Obviously I’m still getting used to the English game, the positives and negatives, shall we say, but I’m learning. It’s interesting. Let’s say the referee tends to let play continue… and you only really understand that when you experience it. Not that it’s a positive or a negative, it’s just the way the game is and you get used to it. It’s nice.

“It is different to the French league but I knew that already. It’s up to me to adapt.”

He may be still learning, but if he scores in every game while he’s doing it, then I will be very happy! He has shown his skills in pre-season, despite being unfit, and to score with his first chance against Lricester bodes well for the future. Do you think Wenger has nabbed the bargain of the summer?

Sam P

52 Comments

  1. Zimbo says:

    I have confidence in his abilities but let’s judge him after about 10 games especially after we have played the so called big teams. So far so good though…

    1. gotanidea says:

      Agree, let’s see what will happen after ten games. Even if he struggles, he can play behind Giroud, like what Sanchez usually does.

      His movements showed that he has good close control, like Sanchez, Iwobi and Cazorla. He seems to be able to read the game, because he has played in several other positions beforehand.

      Maybe that is why Wenger would like to sign Lemar, his versatility. Players that play well in different positions are usually special, like Gareth Bale.

      1. kev says:

        Lemar update:I remember reporting weeks back that if Monaco signed Diakhaby everything would fall into place for theLemar deal.I never knew Diakhaby and I don’t follow Monaco transfers so the fact that my source gave that info way before Diakhaby signed should tell you about our credibility.
        Arsenal had actually agreed a fee totalling £55 for Lemar.Monaco pulled out of the deal and didn’t want to sell anymore.They are currently demanding £65 for him.I’m however guessing they looked at the current market.That’s the same thing that happened with Chelsea and Joao Cancelo.They had previously agreed a£25 deal but are now demanding £10 more than the originally agreed price.This proves everything Resource and I said was right.It’s funny how the media don’t tell us what happens in between.
        OT:Coutinho looks set to leave Liverpool despite their firm resistance on him.His shirts have been taken down and are not for sale anymore and all his photos have been deleted.

        1. kev says:

          I’ve been told Arsenal are looking at Inaki Williams as Lemar’s alternative.Jadon Sancho is likely finally to sign for Arsenal this week.It must be noted that Spurs and Dortmund are trying to convince him.However,the love of Alexis Sanchez,Reiss Nelson and Wenger is just about enough.
          Arsenal are very interested in Seri but have still not made any bid for him nor any CM for that matter.

          1. Kamikaze says:

            Man you are boring…if you want to tell us about transfer rumours why dnt you write an article?!

            1. kev says:

              They are not rumours.They are things that are actually happening.I’m only giving you the facts which will eventually come out.If I was any other fan I would’ve been applauded for a lot of deals coming before time.The problem is that Arsenal sign only a few players and our targets have been few.

              1. GunnerJack says:

                Inaki Williams is average. We are already loaded to the eyeballs with average players. We are trying to GET RID of average players, not add to them! Hope we don’t get him.

          2. kev says:

            Sanchez update:The deal offered to Sanchez is £330,000 a week and not £300,000 a week.You heard it here first.Arsenal want to make him the highest paid player.

            1. Shortboygooner says:

              Sanchez is off mate. Spent last night in paris. There are several Instagram and Twitter feeds with pictures of him at luton airport yesterday. Sanchez mbape and neymar the new psg front 3 . You heard it here first hahahaha 🙁

              1. kev says:

                We’ve just offered him a contract worth £330,000 a week.It’s up to him now.If he rejects such an offer then we might as well say an early goodbye to him before he leaves for free next season.

                1. stubill says:

                  I read the report in the Daily Mail regarding the the £330k per week a couple of days ago!

                  Have you been catching up with your reading the last few hours!

                  LMFAO.

            2. Koktafo says:

              Sanchez will leave

          3. gotanidea says:

            Inaki Williams is a forward, isn’t he? He will not solve Arsenal’s CM problem.

            Jadon Sancho has good close control, like Messi, Sanchez and Cazorla. Arsenal must get him.

            1. GunnerJack says:

              Another kid to add to the Academy? What’s the point?

              1. gotanidea says:

                Better get a wonderkid first, before his price skyrockets.

                Messi, Pele, Maradona and Del Piero helped their teams tremendously when they were 17 years old. Who knows this wonderkid can do similar thing for Arsenal?

                1. GunnerJack says:

                  He’s such a wonderkid that Man City are happy to let him go? How on earth can you even put him in the same sentence as Messi, Sanchez, Cazorla, Pele, Maradonna and Del Piero?

                  1. gotanidea says:

                    Who said Man city is happy to let him go? The Mirror, the Sun, Daily Mail or Metro?

                    Who knows he can do what those legends did, but for Arsenal?

                    1. GunnerJack says:

                      But that applies to any ‘wonderkid’ in any academy in any team in Europe! They all ‘could be’, but few will actually make it.

                  2. kev says:

                    Man City offered him £30,000 to make him the highest paid 17 year old in England.They know his abilities and know he’s their best academy player.This is a player they know they’ll regret for letting him leave.The guy wants first team opportunities in the future which he doesn’t see at City.

              2. Jay says:

                What’s the point of adding brilliant young-players to the academy? That’s genuinely one of the single most ignorant and short-sighted comments, that I’ve read concerning Arsenal, in the past year or so. Congratulations.

            2. kev says:

              Yes, Inaki Williams is a forward.The Jadon Sancho deal is likely to be done this week.The problem is Man City have not released him though a compensation fee of around £4 is likely to be agreed

              1. GunnerJack says:

                £4 seems to be about right. He can then be listed by the Arsenal accountants in the inventory alongside the used electric kettle and toaster.

          4. Ozilla says:

            Can you just stop already?

          5. GunnerJack says:

            Jadon Sancho is a kid who might be useful in the future but no better than we already have and Reiss Nelson is better. On the other hand we need Seri NOW!

            1. kev says:

              Honestly speaking Jadon Sancho is better than Reiss Nelson.That’s the more reason why we should be excited.He’s regarded by many as the best player born in 2000 in England.
              Arsenal have still not bid for Seri nor any other CM.

              1. GunnerJack says:

                It’s not ‘honestly speaking’ it’s just opinion. And, in my opinion, Reiss Nelson is better and we don’t need to waste any money cluttering up the academy with any more so-called Wonder Kids.

                1. kev says:

                  Jadon Sancho is better.Majority of fans would say that.I’m an Arsenal fan and he’s clearly the more talented player.If you don’t see it my way it’s your opinion.He was offered £30,000 a week to stay but he rejected the contract.If Nelson was at Man City he wouldn’t have been given the same amount.He beats Nelson at all his strengths except maybe his decision making which could be suspect.

                  1. Break-on-through says:

                    Do you watch academy football, and city in particular. Or are you going by England youth team, and do you watch that too.

                    1. kev says:

                      Both of them.He’s been better than Reiss Nelson in both at national and club level.He even won U17 Euro best player.The fact is he’s better than Reiss Nelson.If anyone doubts me we’ll one day see them both and know who’s better.

        2. gotanidea says:

          But you said Lemar’s deal was done and “dusted”. If it is correct, we will see Lemar get introduced as an Arsenal player, before this transfer window is closed.

          Let’s wait and please do not revise your previous words. Otherwise I think there are better players than him in the same position and similar price range.

          1. kev says:

            I didn’t say it was done and dusted.That was Resource.I’m not Resource.Arsenal agreed a £55 deal for Lemar weeks back.Monaco actually pulled out of the deal.I’m not revising my words.If a player agrees personal terms and the fee is agreed isn’t the deal done?Monaco are at fault for pulling out of the feal and are now demanding £65 for him.

            1. Break-on-through says:

              Don’t believe everything you read mate.

              1. kev says:

                I get your point but I’m only telling you the fact.The fact that media doesn’t report what happens in betwern doesn’t mean it’s not true.Arsenal may still sign him for £55 because things may change though they are demanding £65.The truth is that a deal of £55 was agreed but never came out because Monaco actually pulled out of it.

            2. Arsenalfan says:

              You say clearly Lemar to Arsenal is done deal. Wtf

    2. neil says:

      Not sure how £50mn is a bargain in any way shape or form…. however Kolasinac on a free !!!l Looks like a great deal ! Some credit to Wenger for that transfer !

      Will be interesting as Wenger says to see who becomes available in Jan or next summer on a free to replace Sanchez and Ozil for example!!

      1. Midkemma says:

        If we bought Neymar for £50 million then that would be a bargain due to how much he cost PSG.
        Bargain doesn’t have an upper limit, imagine if you could buy the world for £100 million and you would be king of the world… £100 million would be a bargain!

        “a thing bought or offered for sale much more cheaply than is usual or expected.”

        Usual for top quality CF this transfer window is what… around £70 million to £75 million?
        £50 million is roughly 2/3 the price of Lukaku…

        Can’t be a bargain though because £50 million… pfft!

        1. neil says:

          I was being more esoteric
          However you are right in respect of cost of other forwards this window but I would say it was a very good deal rather than a bargain .. i will happily change that to ‘bargain’ at end of season if he knocks 25 goals plus for us !

    3. Nikkogunners says:

      The Best we can get from Lacazette is allow him closer to goal all the time

      —————Lacazette-Giroud————–
      ———————Ozil————————
      Bellerin–Kolasinac–Xhaka–Ox-Chamberlain
      ———–Holding—Monreal—Mustafi———
      ————————Cech————————

      Ramsey can understudy Ozil and Kolasinac would be a great partner for Xhaka

  2. Kojima says:

    If we can manage to keep Sanchez and maybe add one more player (in the moddle) then we possibly will have done the best business this summer, early days I know but it’s looking promising. COYG!

  3. Darwin says:

    He looks good. But bargain? Let’s wait for some games shall we.

  4. Simon says:

    What i love most about him is the fact that he is a merciless goal poacher and he also has the ability to drop back and get involved in the build up. And unlike many strikers, he is not afraid to get stuck in.
    The added advantage is, he can drible and get past diffenders and free other players inside the 18 yard box. The unfortunate thing though, which is what wenger has done over the years, he is surrounded by many average players. Which ever way it goes, i will keep supporting Arsenal. Let the season begin, i ve missed football.

  5. MattMann says:

    Ok. I agree LACA is seeming to be a dream come true. But did anyone see SEAD??? That dude is too good to be gotten on a free. To me SEAD is the bargain of the summer if he continues to be this effective though. GunnerTillDeath!

  6. Kays says:

    Morata looked sharp for the time he played. Let’s wait for the others but am optimistic lacazette will compete for the boot.

  7. Break-on-through says:

    I hope they get good chants. I think Lacazette and Kolasinac will go on to be big favorites. The Vieira chant is still the best one Ive ever heard. It could have allot to do with his importance to the team and his style of play, then that chant, it was awesome.

  8. Simon says:

    Ozil played wait and see game by saying he will sign after China tour, now he wants to go to Barcelona. Please Mr Wenger sign Marhez

  9. waal2waal says:

    lacazette will have to be fit, adaptable and wily as a fox if he’s to distinguish himself in the epl. he will be put to the test to see if he is in anyway a “wuss” and if he makes it through his baptism by fire he’ll be on the way to etching his name among arsenal’s impressive list of exceptional strikers.

  10. Akaymoney says:

    next match on my mind.. Hope my boys don’t get injured in training.. can’t wait to see the combo of lacazette, Sanchez, iwobi and ozil when all are fit to play together. so curious.. gunners till I ?.

  11. Kelvin says:

    Play him in his favoured position and get results. Changing him to left wing may delay his progress in adopting epl football. For left wing get a natural left wing. My take is that a makeshift squad can’t last throughout the season.

  12. Kamikaze says:

    still too early but lets hope for the best!

  13. Janssen says:

    Nothing against Laca who has shown early signs of great promiss, but surely the bargain of the summer has to be Kolasinac?

  14. Sandeep says:

    Mr. Hulk ( kolasinac) is a real bargain.

  15. john says:

    He showed in pre season that he a good finisher, but you can’t judge him on one match, i say give him ten matches to adjust, he can play as the main striker or with giroud on the let or right of the. Attack

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