Arsenal have been given the greenlight to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette after the French international revealed his dream is to play abroad. The 23- year-old has impressed, with 19 goals in 20 appearances for Lyon this season. Speaking to yahoo he said although he used to support Spanish giants Barcelona while growing up, he is open to moving to the England.
“Between England and Spain, I don’t have a preference,” he said.
“I dreamt about Barca when I was little, but once you grow up you know you cannot be on just one club.
“I will not be leaving for the sake of it, I have a medium and long term aims, after that we will see what is best for me.”
Lacazette also discussed the possibility of staying put and the strong temptation of potentially moving to French powerhouse, Psg, but despite all that, he is determined to try his luck else, the English League a preferable destination.
“PSG? We will see, it is hard the answer that now,” he said.
“To play with (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and Lucas (Moura), I cannot say that I cannot see myself in this attack but it would more likely be a departure abroad. Afterwards, you never know what might happen.”
Lacazette is 22 years of age and has already made the step up to senior level with the France national team, so far making two appearances both in 2013 after impressing at every youth level over the last 7 years. He is 5ft9” tall and is known for his high pace, dribbling and dynamism.
Lacazette has always been flirting on the fringes of brilliance, and then last season somebody flicked a switch and he became one of the best young prospects in French football. The Lyon striker has a good passing game, and would be able to hold up play and feed players like Ramsey, Ozil and Sanchez into the box.
His pace would be a welcome remedy to Giroud’s occasional sluggishness, but with two years left on his contract, he would likely cost a fair whack. Some Arsenal fans want to see a permanent replacement for Giroud, or at least a player who can give him stiff competition, but in Lacazette, Wenger would be buying a player who is a couple of steps down from Giroud in the French national pecking order.