Alexandre Lacazette won’t be moving to Arsenal this summer. The Lyon striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer as Arsene Wenger desperately looks to land a marquee signing.
Arsenal even had a £29m bid rejected for the Frenchman last month. But Lacazette has poured cold water on the Gunners’ hopes of signing him by insisting he is happy with the Ligue 1 outfit.
Speaking after Lyon’s 2-0 win over Caen last night, in which he scored both goals, the 25-year-old said: “There is a relief because it proved complicated against Caen who had come to annoy us playing ball.
“The second half was more difficult with the heat but was not taken the goal and that is the point.
“It’s a good thing that we can already take points because we often regret the bad starts late in the season. From a personal standpoint, I will like to pass the threshold of 30 goals this season.
“There will be no departure. Everything is going well here at OL.”
Lacazatte’s current contract runs until 2019 but Lyon are thought to be trying to tie him down to a longer deal.
Lacazette has been inconsistent at times for Lyon, but an explosive end to the season has seen him confirm his status as a top striker. He scored 11 in his last ten league matches, including an impressive hat-trick against AS Monaco.
He missed out on the France Euro 2016 squad to many people’s surprise, with Didier Deschamps preferring to rely on two target men in Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac. Lacazette can feel unlucky as he was in great form, and is a lot more tactically flexible than people give him credit for.
He can play on the wing or as a number nine, while his aggression and power allow him to hold up the ball, and play with his back for a goal. He would have added an extra dimension to the squad.
His finishing is very good, as he always seems to know whether to go for power or placement. He is never rushed in the penalty box and appears to be able to create an extra second to make a decision, rarely wasting clear cut chances.