Lacazette is an exciting forward with his peak years still ahead of him, but if that’s not enough for you, we’re gonna take you through seven reasons you should be excited.
The Mirror recently wrote an article on the stats that show Lacazette is a good signing for Arsenal, so we’re going to round them up and break them down for you:
1. He’s scored more goals than any other player in Ligue 1 over the last 4 seasons
With 91 goals, the only players close to him are Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with 88 and 83 respectively. After that, there’s a gap of 36 goals to Ben Yedder on 47.
Despite what some people may tell you, Ligue 1 isn’t an easy league to score in, in fact fewer goals were scored in Ligue 1 per game last season than in the Premier League, so that makes this total all the more impressive in what is a very defensive league.
2. Only six players from Europe’s top-5 leagues scored more league goals than him last season
The only players to score more than Lacazette’s total of 28 were Messi, Cavani, Lewandowski, Ronaldo, Aubameyang and Dzeko. Not bad company for the France international.
3. You may have noticed, none of the above players play in the Premier League
Lacazette outscored, Kane, Aguero, Alexis and the rest last season, as well as matching La Liga’s Luis Suarez. He certainly knows how to find the back of the net.
4. He’s not just a goalscorer, his chance creation stats are also impressive
Creating 35 chances or more for three seasons straight, Lacazette is the only player in Europe to score 20 goals whilst also creating this many chances. Well, except for one other player, some bloke called Lionel Messi. But we can probably let him off on that one.
5. Lacazette converted a higher percentage of his chances than any Arsenal forward last season
Converting 33% of his chances in the 2016/17 campaign, Alexandre came in ahead of of Olivier Giroud (31%), Alexis Sanchez (19%), and any of Arsenal’s other options. With Özil’s creativity in behind him, he’ll have no trouble racking up the goals if he keeps that percentage up next season.
6. He also scores more often than any of Arsenal’s current strikers
You would be forgiven for thinking that Giroud, with his limited minutes and decent goal output in the last campaign, might come ahead of Lacazette in this regard.
In fact, whilst Giroud scored a goal every 100 minutes, an impressive record, Lacazette went one further with a goal every 86. Alexis was the next closest with one every 134. If the three of them are at Arsenal next season producing the same scoring efficiency, it can only be a good thing for the club.
7. Finally, he created more chances last season than Welbeck, Walcott, Giroud and Lucas combined.
Only Alexis created more than him, with a massive 78, but Lacazette’s total of 51 was more than Arsenal’s other four strikers’ combined total of 42. If Arsenal can get Alexis, Lacazette and Özil in the same team there should be absolutely no problem creating chances for the Gunners.
How you feeling now?