Alexandre Lacazette has been heavily linked with an Arsenal move in recent seasons and developments hint that a deal could be concluded shortly.

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry, who is the club’s record goal-scorer with 226 goals in 369 appearances, has had his say on his compatriot’s development ahead of a potential Premier League move this summer.

Lacazette, 26, has managed to cement himself as one of Europe’s top forwards with a prolific record that has continued to improve in recent seasons. 37 goals and five assists in all competitions last term unsurprisingly helped see his stock rise, and Henry’s comments are encouraging from an Arsenal perspective.

The club legend described his compatriot as an “extraordinary player”, before praising his qualities as the forward continues to be linked with a lucrative switch to the Emirates Stadium.

For me, what Lacazette is doing is extraordinary,” Henry was quoted as saying during a beIN Sport interview, by the Evening Standard. “He has become aware of his qualities and he is especially aware that he cannot be average. Congratulations to him, really.”

Consistency is often hard to come by within the Arsenal first-team and it’s important that should the two clubs agree a fee, Lacazette’s arrival is handled with proper care to avoid the possibility of an early “flop” tag branded on his name. Despite his obvious talents, he may still take time to settle and should be given exactly that.

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