Ex-manager defends Arsene Wenger’s decision to spend £52m on new Arsenal signing

Gerard Houllier believes Arsene Wenger was right to spend big on new Arsenal signing Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Gerard Houllier has defended Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s decision to spend a club-record fee on signing Alexandre Lacazette this summer.

The France international put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the north London club after Arsenal agreed a reported £52m deal with Ligue 1 side Lyon for the 26-year-old striker.

Lacazette’s transfer fee eclipsed the £42.5m that Arsenal spent on Germany’s World Cup winner Mesut Ozil in August 2013 when the playmaker swapped La Liga giants Real Madrid for the Gunners.

The French centre-forward scored 28 goals in 31 games in Ligue last season, while Lacazette scored a further nine goals in 12 appearances in the cup competitions.

Manchester United signed Anthony Martial in a deal worth in the region of £57.6m in the 2015 summer transfer window, while the Red Devils are thought to be considering a £70m offer for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer.

Speaking to talkSPORT about Lacazette’s £52m transfer fee, former Liverpool and Lyon boss Houllier insisted that the striker’s price tag wasn’t excessive.

Houllier said: “When you think Anthony Martial cost €80million Morata is about to cost €90million… Morata hasn’t scored as many goals as Lacazette.

“Morata has played 130 games and scored only 47 goals.”

Arsenal have also signed Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac in a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 last month.

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