Au Revoir, Alexandre! Lacazette brings to an finish his five-year keep at Arsenal by sealing an emotional return to his boyhood membership Lyon on a free switch, signing a deal till 2025
- Alexandre Lacazette has sealed a return to Lyon on a deal via till 2025
- The 31-year-old got here via the French facet’s academy earlier than leaving in 2017
- Lacazette joined Arsenal in a £53m deal however by no means was in a position to fulfill his potential
Lyon holds a particular place within the Frenchman’s coronary heart having first arrived on the membership in 2003 as a starry eyed 12-year-old.
He moved to north London in a £53million deal again in 2017 however introduced his five-year spell on the Emirates Stadium to an finish by working down his contract, permitting him to return dwelling to Lyon on a free.
Alexandre Lacazette was mocked up in a cape as he accomplished a homecoming to re-join Lyon
Lyon is the one membership aside from Arsenal that Lacazette has performed for in his skilled profession and there was a way of inevitability round this return given he has been coaching with them since selecting to not lengthen in London.
In unveiling their returning striker, Lyon launched a 71-second video which reveals Lacazette strolling into the dressing room to drag on the shirt as soon as extra, earlier than strolling out onto the pitch on the Groupama Stadium.
Lacazette stands fourth in Lyon’s all-time scoring charts, having netted 129 objectives in 275 matches.
Solely Fleury Di Nallo, Bernard Lacombe and Serge Chiesa have extra objectives for Lyon than Lacazette.
In a video to substantiate his signing, Lyon confirmed him inside their stadium within the new jersey
In an announcement, Lyon defined that re-acquiring Lacazette ‘has been the membership’s precedence for a number of months’ and that the deal for the 31-year-old ‘is completely in keeping with the brand new technique now arrange throughout the establishment.’
Lacazette’s time at Arsenal got here to a irritating finish, with the membership narrowly lacking out on a top-four end and Champions League soccer.
It was a season of private frustration, too, for the Frenchman, having managed to attain simply 4 league objectives in 2021-22.
General there have been flashes of his ranges throughout his time in north London, none much less vital than profitable Participant of the Yr for 2018-19.
The French ahead struggled in his last yr at Arsenal, scoring solely 4 and aiding seven
He introduced the curtain down on his time on the Emirates Stadium with 71 objectives in 206 video games.
Lyon completed a lowly eighth in Ligue 1 final season and can be hoping for important strides to be made within the subsequent marketing campaign as they chase a return to the Champions League.
The membership assertion added: ‘His second arrival, after the return of Rémy Riou and the extension to Maxence Caqueret and Anthony Lopes’ contracts reveals the good ambition to breathe new life into a brand new dynamic across the males’s skilled staff.’