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6 reasons for Arsenal fans to be VERY excited about Alexandre Lacazette

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4. He's ready for the move

Another reason for the delay in Lacazette’s arrival in the Premier League is that the player himself was never in any great hurry to leave Lyon. He’s spent his entire career to date with one club, and it’s only this summer that he’s felt inclined to push for a move.

Part of the reason he stayed at Lyon was to represent the club of his heart in their new stadium, which finally opened in January 2016. However, there were other targets: Lacazette also wanted to reach a century of league goals for Lyon, which he managed in what looks like being his final appearance for the club against Nice.

He departs as the fourth-highest goalscorer in the club’s history. That kind of loyalty and dedication is no bad thing. Lacazette has done what he set out to achieve, and is ready for a new challenge.

5. He’s an ideal foil for Mesut Ozil

It’s criminal that it’s taken Arsenal four years to sign a striker suited to playing in front of Ozil. The German is at his best when deployed behind a pacy goalscorer, and yet Wenger has not taken the plunge on a top-class finisher to give Arsenal a necessary cutting edge.

Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck have both flirted with seizing the central striking berth, but the former lacked intelligence and the latter didn’t have the desired ruthlessness in front of goal.

Mesut Ozil

Ozil needs a target for his defence-splitting passes

Lacazette looks like the perfect forward to race onto Ozil’s penetrative passes. He has the acceleration to race away from defenders, and the composure to punish them for failing to keep pace.

While doubts persist over the future of Alexis Sanchez, it appears Ozil is staying. Lacazette’s arrival may be just what’s needed to get the best out of the mercurial German.

6. It’s the end of Olivier Giroud

While Arsenal fans will miss Giroud’s handsome features and heading prowess, his probable departure from the club represents a necessary evolutionary step for Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal fans will miss Giroud's face, but not his pace

Last season, there were signs that Arsenal were outgrowing Giroud’s one-paced striking style. Invariably, the Gunners perform better when the former Montpellier man is left out of the side.

Even if the 30-year-old eventually stays at the club, Lacazette’s arrival confirms his status as a squad player. Arsenal’s days of relying on Giroud are over.

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