Transfer: Arsenal Sends Farewell Message To Lacazette As He Leaves The Club

English Premier League club, Arsenal has confirmed that French striker, Alexandre Lacazette will not be extending his stay with the North London side.

Arsenal in a statement on Friday confirmed that Lacazette will leave in a matter of days when his current contract expires on June 30, 2022.

Naija News reports the striker joined Arsenal from Lyon in July 2017, and has since made 206 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, scoring 71 goals in the process.

According to the club statement, “the 31-year-old was our top scorer in two seasons during his time with us – in 2017/18, and also in 2020/21, when he scored his 50th Premier League goal in the win over Sheffield United in April 2021.

“That moved the French striker into the all-time top ten of goalscorers for us in Premier League history – scoring his first goal just 94 seconds into his league debut, against Leicester City, in August 2017.

“Laca was an FA Cup winner with us in 2020, was in our FA Community Shield winning team in 2017 and was voted the Arsenal Player of the Season for 2018/19.

“Before joining us, Laca had played all his club football for his hometown club Lyon, scoring exactly 100 goals in Ligue 1 during his seven years in the French club’s first team.”

As he is set to leave the club, Manager Mikel Arteta has praised the player’s character, describing him as a leader.

“Laca has been a fantastic player for us.

“He’s been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence to our younger players.

“His commitment to us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family success and happiness,” he said.

Technical Director Edu, added: “A big thank you to Laca from everyone at Arsenal.

“He’s been really important for us. “He will always be part of the Arsenal family and we wish him well for everything in the future.”

The club also thanked Lacazette and wished him the best in feature endeavours.

“Thank you, Laca, we wish you all the best for the next chapter in your career,” the club statement added.

This article was originally published on Naija News

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