Sunday 17 December 2017

Arsene Wenger wants goal-a-game from top gun Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette during the Community Shield at Wembley. Photo: PA
Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette during the Community Shield at Wembley. Photo: PA

Jamie Holland

Arsene Wenger has challenged Arsenal's record signing Alexandre Lacazette to quickly acclimatise to English football and maintain his record of scoring nearly a goal a game.

The French striker, for whom Arsenal paid £52m, finished with 28 goals from 30 games as Lyon finished fourth in Ligue 1 last season.

"With Lacazette, it's simple. He is an intelligent player and we have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate with that well," said Wenger, who is now entering his 22nd season at the Gunners' helm.

"His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us - as a game is 90 minutes that would guarantee you a goal."

While Wenger admitted the standard between the French and English domestic leagues cannot necessarily be compared, he backed his new recruit to replicate Zlatan Ibrahimovic's debut season in the Premier League following his transfer from PSG to Manchester United.

The 67-year-old manager admitted he has been keeping tabs on the striker for a number of years but was not always convinced he would be able to sign him owing to the "mentality" of players from the south-east of France.

An injury to summer signing Vicente Iborra will prevent him from making his Leicester debut and Danny Drinkwater is also out as the Foxes bid for their first victory over Arsenal in the Premier League.

However, Kelechi Iheanacho has recovered from the toe injury amd will make his make his debut along with Harry Maguire.

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Irish Independent

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