Lacazette on Arsenal move – ‘I always dreamed of playing for this club’

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French international and Arsenal’s latest signing Alexandre Lacazette has described his Arsenal move as a dream that came to a realization. The Frenchman who is Arsenal’s second signing following the initial capture of Sead Kolasinac from Schalke who also joined the Gunners on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday evening.

Reports had linked Lacazette with a move to the Vicente Calderon with Atletico Madrid but the deal reportedly collapsed in June as the transfer ban imposed on the Spanish outfit was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport

“I am, of course, delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club,” Lacazette told Arsenal’s official website.

“Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.”

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He joins the list of Frenchman to have played for Arsenal under the Arsene Wenger regime that currently has the likes of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin in the squad.

Alexandre Lacazette hit the back of the net 28 times for Lyon last term in the Ligue 1 as Lyon came fourth on the log at the end of the season. He further added that what attracted him to the Emirates were Arsene Wenger and Arsenal’s attractive style of football

“I like clubs with history” Lacazette added. “Also the fact the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club, which I like. In addition there are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in.

“In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”

Lacazette is expected to make his home debut for Arsenal in the Emirates Cup on July 29 or July 30.

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