Arsenal say farewell to Alexandre Lacazette with ‘real leader on and off the pitch’ set to return to boyhood club Lyon on a free transfer June 3, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Arsenal have confirmed Alexandre Lacazette’s five-year spell at the club has come to an end, with the club captain set to return to Lyon on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old striker had taken the armband from the departing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earlier this year, but Mikel Arteta will now be in search of a new forward and leader in the dressing room.

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Lacazette was able to say goodbye after a final day win at the Emirates

Arteta now has holes to fill when it comes to the captaincy and goalscoring

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Arteta now has holes to fill when it comes to the captaincy and goalscoring

Lacazette had received plaudits for his performances as captain, guiding a number of young Gunners such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, but Arteta will now be needing a replacement.

Originally signed from Lyon for £46.5million back in 2017, the French striker managed 72 goals in 206 games as an Arsenal player, winning the 2020 FA Cup, and he clearly leaves on good terms.

“Laca has been a fantastic player for us,” said Arteta of the news.

“He’s been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence to our younger players.

“His commitment with us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family success and happiness.”

Technical Director Edu said: “A big thank you to Laca from everyone at Arsenal.

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A return to Lyon looks set to be completed


“He’s been really important for us. He will always be part of the Arsenal family and we wish him well for everything in the future.”

With Lacazette now free to negotiate with any club, the Lyon-born goalscorer looks destined to head back to his boyhood club and assist their climb up the Ligue 1 table.

Reports in France claim a deal has already been agreed for the striker to move back to Lyon, with L’Equipe alleging Lacazette has taken a huge pay cut to make the deal happen.

Taking to social media, Lacazette sent a message to Arsenal fans as he bid them a fond farewell.

He said: “Five years ago, my dream came true… to sign for Arsenal.

“It’s been an honour to wear the jersey, to be a part of this family.

“I won trophies, I met real and nice people, and I fell even more in love with this club.

“Good luck for the future of the club and the fans, it’s been a pleasure.

“Once a gunner, Always a Gunner. Thank you Arsenal.”

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