Alexandre Lacazette: will the £52.7m signing propel Arsenal to the next level?

Lacazette arrives from Lyon with an impressive scoring record and can pretty much do it all – apart from dominate in the air. Can Olivier Giroud’s deputy for France provide a title-winning upgrade?

Alexandre Lacazette has the numbers to press his case. Across eight seasons at Lyon the striker scored 100 goals in 203 Ligue 1 appearances and there were a further 29 in the cups and Europe. The supporters of his boyhood club will remember the spectacular ones, and there were a number of those, but each was marked by a particular brand of precision and ruthlessness.

They have led Lacazette to an extremely big number because never before have Arsenal paid so much for a player. The 26-year-old’s transfer fee could rise as high as €60m (£52.7m) if all of the add-ons are met.

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