Is one Arsenal legend helping Lacazette to become another?

He will have top go some to beat or even come anywhere near the goal scoring record and status among the Arsenal fans as his fellow countryman Thierry Henry, but the France international forward Alexandre Lacazette does have time on his side, as he is still only 26-years old.

His career as a striker for the Gunners may not have exploded into life as he and we Arsenal fans would have hoped for, but then again we have seen plenty of players come to the Premier League from abroad and find that it takes time to get into the swing of things.

That was true of our club record scorer and this is apparently one of the things that Henry has been saying to the new Arsenal striker, according to a Metro. Lacazette has revealed that he has been talking with Henry on a regular basis since he joined our club and it appears that these talks have really helped him.

The 26-year old said, ‘I talked with Thierry when I arrived and I now talk with him regularly.

‘He told me England is not easy like in France, it is different.

‘The advice he gave me is personal — but he trusted and believed in me.

‘If Thierry can believe in me like the coach does, that’s good.

‘The surgery is in my past, so I can play 100 per cent and I’m happy. I felt pain and decided with the medical staff surgery was the solution. I don’t regret it.’

Lacazette has certainly got off to a good start on his return from that injury lay-off and perhaps the chars with our former great have helped his confidence and approach, but will that help him to become an Arsenal legend like the great Frenchman that came before him?



  1. gotanidea says:

    I hope he is right about his condition post his surgery. We don’t want his injury worsens like Cazorla’s and Ousmane Dembele’s case at Barcelona

    Thierry Henry seems to want to be friends with him, therefore I hope Henry could share his experiences and tips/ tricks to Lacazette. As long as he can complement or compete well with Aubameyang, his position would be safe at Arsenal

  2. qone says:

    i think to be another Thierry its not easy, but he has te credentials to succeed, once he plays the whole match. i was disappointed as he was when substituted in mid week against the russians. = gooner forever

    1. RSH says:

      he’ll never reach Henry level, but I hope he can still become a great player for us. Not the best first season but I don’t think that came down to his abilities. Laca can flourish in the right conditions I believe.

      1. Sue says:

        Had a great start though.. first minute against Leicester ?
        I like him….and if talking to the God (Henry) helps him then good on him!
        Can’t wait to see him & Auba tomorrow COYG

  3. jon fox says:

    It is Arsenals tragedy and loss that Henry does not have a coaching position at Arsenal. With his aura, deep knowledge, ability to communicate and have willing listening ears from nearly all players anywhere, it is hardly surprising that Sky poached him from us. Sky are acutely aware of talent whereas our regime are not. OTHERWISE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN OFFERED THE JOB AS ASST MANAGER ON A PROPER SALARY, THREE YEARS AT LEAST AGO.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      Jon Fox,
      Not sure about my facts on this one, but wasn’t Henry’s talents recognised as he was on our books with the youth team?
      He was then offered the Sky job and AFC decided he couldn’t do both positions as that would compromise the club and Thiery.
      His criticism of the club (whether right or wrong) since then justified the clubs decision. That’s if I’ve got my facts right.
      I was under the impression he was actually taking the coaching courses needed to become a fully pledged manager, but he has stopped because of the time constraints with his (reported) £6million sky contract.

      1. jon fox says:

        Well Ken, my understanding of events is much as you describe. I think he has temporarily halted ,rather than abandoned his badges courses. But had Wenger offered him the asst. manager job, ONCE he had his badges and offered a proper and commensurate salary, with a REAL role, I think he would have turned down Sky. He is still a young man with ambition in football and so clearly will take the best offer to TRULY value and properly pay for his talents. I think WENGER hates strong personaliites at his side and feels threatened , since he can’t stand arguments or what some call frank discussion, which would mean brain storming and more creative thinking. This is anathema to WENGER.That is why housetrained and cosy Pat Rice was persuaded to stay until his knees were totally shot and why Steve Bould is treated as a stooge and given no real say in coaching defence. If the new manager were to offer Henry the ASST MANAGER JOB, ONCE he had his badges, I reckon he would jump at it. But he would want real input or would not take the role. Which is what anyone worth their salt would also do.

        1. Ken 1945 says:

          Jon Fox,
          We both know our views differ on Wenger so I won’t comment on that.
          Steve Bould has been such a disappointment for me as I hoped he would bring the commitment of his playing days with him to the role he now purposes to represent.
          I have great respect for Pat Rice, who served our club with great honour and integrity and never saw him in the same way as you do.
          Back to Henry and Lacazette however. It seems from Lac’s words as though Henry is still part of the set up (at least in a voluntary role) and our manager does allow him to offer advise and mingle with the players.
          I have no idea what salary Henry was on at Arsenal, but if as you say he would jump at the Assistant role, why choose the sky role? It’s not as if he was a pauper and he had his feet on the first rung of the ladder so to speak. Unlike the two people who I would rather see at our club, Patrick Vieria and Dennis Bergkamp.

          1. Kenny Rolfe says:

            Here’s one for Ken and Jon to digest. I’ve just seen Wenger’s latest press conference and he looked happier than at any time in recent weeks, cracking jokes with the press. Now Ken knows I’m with Jon on this one and hope that he leaves at the end of the season but I’m now thinking he’s had some good news regarding his contract. Very worrying

  4. Sue says:

    Is Henry still assistant manager of Belgium?

    1. stubill says:

      Yes he is.

  5. Chiza says:

    i love Lacazette but if he wants to be an arsenal legend,then he needs to work hard and then pray for a far better coach than wenger.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      And yet, if you read the article again, he says:
      “If Thierry can believe in me like the coach does then that is good”.
      From that sentence, would you not say that he has complete confidence in both men?
      That is despite, I should mention, the numerous times that our manager has substituted him.
      Agree with the work harder sentiment, but perhaps we should rely on the players comments regarding coaches?

  6. Chiza says:

    look ken 1945,let me give you an the age of 6 your father tells you he believes in you and that you’re going to be a great man and then he doesn’t give you the necessary training that you need like sending you to school,giving you good guidelines,etc..he just leaves you and still expects you to be great…but yet deep down you know he believes in you because he says it to you…..ken 1945 that’s what lacazette would face with wenger,a man who tells him he believes in him but won’t make him better..we all know wenger doesn’t develop players anymore.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      Well that’s what YOU think would happen to Lacazette and, despite the man himself telling the world the opposite, you know better.
      Just to remind you, Lacazette is not 6 years old, he is twenty six years old, a full French international and actually said he joined AFC because of Arsene Wenger.
      But if your example of a bedtime story helps your cause, you carry on believing it.

  7. Ozziegunner says:

    I would be interested to know how many posters on this site would be able to play competitive sport, let alone at an elite level with a knee injury requiring surgery?
    Now that Lacazette has recovered from surgery, I expect his career at Arsenal to really take off. His 2 penalties were executed with aplomb and the strike against CSK Moscow showed great control and precision.

  8. Chiza says:

    Don’t worry ken 1945,you would understand what i’m talking about very soon,when Wenger goes and a better manager replaces him,you won’t believe that these players in arsenal can become world class.I promise you that.

  9. Chiza says:

    Don’t worry ken 1945,you would understand what i’m talking about when we finally get a new fantastic coach with good tactical and man management brain,you won’t believe that these players we slam almost every week can become world class.I promise you that.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      So “these players you slam almost every week” have no responsibility for their own performances.
      We are not talking about 6 year old children here are we?
      Our first team squad is littered with international players who have reached the highest level.
      But in your view, they need to have a “new fantastic coach” to perform at the required level? ,Well, in Lac’s view (not mine) he already has one and that’s why he joined our club. Along, of course, with Abue and Myk, whilst Ozil signed a new contract.
      I understand your opinion is different to these internationally acclaimed players and we all have a right to our opinions.
      I think I would rather listen to the men who are actually at the club, playing for the club and works with the current manager.
      But of course, that is just my opinion.

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