Arsenal legend, Nigel Winterburn, reckons that even if Alexandre Lacazette doesn’t hit the ground running in north London, the 26-year-old could just be like Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
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While Lacazette has been prolific in Ligue 1 over the past three years, even netting 37 goals in 45 appearances last season, the Premiership is a completely different league and there is a chance the France striker could struggle at first.
“Hopefully, he will hit the ground running and get goals right away,” Winterburn told the Mirror.
“That would be ideal. But it may also take time for him to produce his best.
“That was the case with Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.”
Henry’s Arsenal career didn’t really take off until his second season in north London after signing from Juventus for a reported £11m in 1999.
Saying that, he still managed to net 17 goals in 31 league appearances during his debut season. He is Thierry Henry, after all.
Bergkamp scored his first two Arsenal goals against Southampton at Highbury on 23 September 1995 after being signed for £2.5m from Inter in June.
However, the Dutchman didn’t reach his peak until a few seasons later with THAT goal against Newcastle coming in 2002.