7 Secret Things You Need to Know about Lacazette
Sports Gist: Alexandre Lacazette talking points
Sports Gist: Alexandre Lacazette looks set to become an Arsenal player. After three summers of being linked with a move to Arsenal , it seems that the France international will be leaving Lyon for London at last. The question now is whether he is worth the wait?
Lacazette before now said that his next team would “have to play good football, passing the ball, not just hitting it from box to box, not kick and rush” if they were to get the best from him. “That would not work for me”.
Now below are what makes him worth the wait by Arsenal…
1. Lacazette held the highest chance conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues last season (38.9 per cent), beating RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner (34.4 per cent) and Monaco forward Radamel Falcao (33.9 per cent).
2. The striker scored 28 Ligue 1 goals in 2016; the best total for a French forward in a year since Jean-Pierre Papin clinched the same number in 1991.
3. He scored the winning goal in the 2010 European U19 Championship, heading home against Spain to seal a 2-1 victory for France. Current Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was also in that French team.
4. Since the 2012/13 season, only nine strikers have scored more goals than him in Europe’s top five leagues. They are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero.
5. He loves the 18-yard box. Out of his 28 Ligue 1 goals last season, just two came from outside the penalty area.
6. Lacazette scored 28 league goals last season which was more than Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez goals combined.
7. Do you know that less than 24 hours after the victory over Spain, Lacazette played in the Emirates Cup for Lyon, arriving 10 minutes before the warm-up and starting the match against Celtic?
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