Alexandre Lacazette says he turned down Paris Saint-Germain over the summer to sign for Arsenal.
Although the 26-year-old ended up making the move to the English capital, the French capital was another option. Lacazette explained to RMC Sport why he decided against it, reports the Daily Mail.
“We talked to PSG but I knew it was not where I wanted to go. In France, I would only play for Lyon. PSG could have helped me progress because of the big players they have but I wanted to play in another league.
“I believe in the title, whether in the Premier League or in the Europa League. We have a big group, everyone gets along, it’s not always the best that wins.”
Some players have a lot more loyalty to the club that put them on the map than others, and Lacazette is clearly one of those, in my opinion. Playing in Paris, facing up against Lyon in Ligue 1 and helping to make sure PSG finish above his old side clearly wasn’t on his agenda.
The striker has been in youth football in Lyon since 1998, so perhaps that’s to be expected. As for challenging for trophies, it’s good to hear that Lacazette still believes that the Gunners can win the title, although many supporters might take a bit more convincing.
So far, he hasn’t been needed anyway, as the youth and backup first-team players have helped the team win by a two-goal margin on both occasions in Group H.
But when Arsenal play the likes of AC Milan, or maybe even Lyon, the Gunners might have to call on this season’s club top scorer.