Alexandre Lacazette has officially played his first Premier League game for Arsenal and what an introduction it was.
The former Lyon striker was every bit the world class forward Arsenal had paid Lyon £52m for back in July, scoring his first competitive goal in red and white within two minutes, and continuing to threaten throughout.
1 – Alexandre Lacazette has scored his 1st Premier League goal on his first shot. Dream. pic.twitter.com/qQebYfRvRZ
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While the rest of the Arsenal side were seriously chaotic and, for the most part, shambolic, the 26-year-old never stopped running, despite probably not being at full fitness yet.
If he lost the ball, he’d chase it down, and in the first half especially, he was seriously impressive.
In the second half, the Lacazette found it difficult to actually get anywhere near Leicester’s goal.
Despite this, WhoScored still awarded him the second-highest rating on the pitch (8.6) behind Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (9.2).
He completed 19/21 passes (90%), had three shots, two of which were on target and one was blocked, completed one dribble, an aerial duel and won three tackles.
The game itself was absolutely insane, with Lacazette scoring his first goal within minutes, Leicester coming back soon after before going ahead and Arsenal equalising before the Foxes once again took the lead and then the Gunners scored twice.
It was almost impossible to follow.
However, our new boy was decent. Beyond decent – he was one of the best players on the pitch. And while that doesn’t mean a lot since Arsenal were all over the place, it bodes well for the future.
The striker has growing stronger throughout pre-season and now that the league has started, we’re getting a real taster of what we can look forward to.
As his fitness improves and he gets used to the physicality of English football, he’s bound to settle in even further, which is rather exciting considering how confident he’s already looking.
What an introduction to the Premier League, eh?