Arsenal have officially unveiled Alexandre Lacazette after completing the signing of the highly rated forward from Lyon.
The Gunners confirmed that Lacazette signed a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the order of a club-record £46.5m, surpassing the £42.4m paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.
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Lacazette told Arsenal’s official website: “I am, of course, delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club. Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.
“The fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club which I like. In addition there are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in. In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”
Manager Arsene Wenger added: “We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher.
“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character. So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”
Lacazette is expected to join up with his new team-mates in Sydney this weekend as Arsenal begin their pre-season tour in Australia.
The Frenchman will probably make his debut in the Emirates Cup on July 29 against Benfica or on July 30 against Sevilla.
Lacazette has won 11 caps for France, and was the second-highest scorer in Ligue 1 last season with 28 goals. Since joining the French outfit in the 2009-10 campaign, he has netted 129 goals in 275 matches in all competitions.