Laca New Signing. Arsenal have completed a club record transfer for striker, Alexandre Lacazette, from his home town club, Lyon. Though his goal tallies in Ligue 1 were impressive, is the French marksman truly the solution up top Gunners fans have been pleading for since RVP left?
Name: Alexandre Lacazette
Shot accuracy: 65%
Successful Dribbles: 46 (70%)
Last Season at a Glance
Say what you will about Lacazette being a penalty merchant, the Frenchman is one of Europe’s more efficient strikers and stayed true to that reputation in 2016/17. Following a 2015/16 campaign that saw him struggle mightily for half of it, Lacazette bagged 37 goals in all competitions this past season as Lyon finished fourth in Ligue 1 and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.
Ten of Lacazette’s 28 league goals (and 20 of 75 league strikes since the start of 2014/15) were from the spot, giving him the second best conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues, but undeniably inflating his numbers across the board. However, from open play, he still managed a respectable 18 goals in 73 attempts, boasting a shot-to-goal ratio of a goal every four shots. As stated in his introductory interview for Arsenal on the day his signature was confirmed, ‘I don’t just shoot for the sake of it,’ showing his awareness and patience level in front of goal. Both of these qualities will only endear him to teammates.
Alexandre Lacazette’s chance conversion rate over the last 3 seasons:
2014/15 = 34.61% ⚽️
2015/16 = 23.33% ⚽️
2016/17 = 38.89% ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/F5rrZGPaBI
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His Champions League play was uninspiring though. He scored a single tap in in four appearances and missed a penalty against a Juventus side that largely nullified him in the pair of games he played against them in the group stage, where Lyon crashed out. At least he won’t have to worry about playing in Europe’s premiere club competition this season as Arsenal won’t in it at any point for the first time in 19 years. So the pressure on Lacazette will mainly be domestically to deliver for a team desperate to regain traction after the worst league campaign in the Wenger era.