Alexandre Lacazette reminds me of Arsenal legend, says Charlie Nicholas
The Arsenal legend sees similarities between new signing Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Anelka
Charlie Nicholas has likened new Arsenal signing Alexandre Lacazette to Gunners legend Nicolas Anelka.
The north London side spent a club record £52m fee on the Lyon striker last month as Arsene Wenger sought to improve his attacking options.
Lacazette arrives in England with a big reputation from France after the 26-year-old scored 100 goals in 203 appearances since breaking into the Lyon team.
Arsenal are facing the real possibility of losing their talisman Alexis Sanchez this summer, with less than 12 months remaining on the Chile international’s contract.
The South American forward scored 24 times in 37 games in the Premier League last season to finish behind Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku in the goal-scoring charts.
Lacazette will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of Arsenal’s great centre-forwards in the Premier League era, including Anelka, Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas believes there are similarities between Anelka and Lacazette.
“Alexandre Lacazette by a mile,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Arsenal will always give goals away because they are an attack-minded team but they were not clinical enough last season.
“They had Man City by the throat at the Etihad and they lacked the ability to finish them off.
“Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey should be identifying the chances to find Lacazette’s movement. He reminds me a bit of Nicholas Anelka, with pace and power and he’s a deadly finisher.”
Anelka scored 23 times in 65 appearances in the Arsenal team before his world-record move to Real Madrid in 1999.
The former France striker was part of Arsene Wenger’s double-winning team in 1997-98.
Arsenal have signed Lacazette and Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac in the summer transfer window so far.