Its not everyday that you find Arsenal Football Club in the news for splashing the big bucks, the North London giants have broken its transfer record with a whopping £53m capture of Alexandre Lacazette. What has got social media channels buzzing however is the choice of the #LacaNewSigning hashtag.
Arsene Wenger has gained a reputation as one of Football’s more frugal operators, over the years when pressured in press conferences to explain his reluctance to spend big, the Frenchman would usually tell reporters that an injured player who has been out of action for a long time would be “Like a new signing” when back to full fitness.
He used this phrase during Robin Van Persie’s lengthy various injury absences, he has also used it to refer to Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck among others.
The choice of #LacaNewSigning as the club’s official welcome hashtag is surely a ploy to see events of the past in a more humorous light.
Speaking of the club’s latest acquisition Wenger said:
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.
Lacazatte signed for Lyon in 2003 before making 275 appearances for his hometown club, during which time he netted 129 goals. He becomes the club’s second signing of the summer, having previously brought in Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer from Schalke.
Commenting on the deal, former Liverpool Manager Gerard Houllier who is a close friend of Arsene Wenger and an advisor to Lyon, said:
He is a bit like Ian Wright really. You don’t seem to see him and then suddenly he moves. He will fit in their game. He will suit their passing game; the way they build up, their approach. He is very good near the box.
Lacazatte scored 37 goals and five assists during a prolific 2016/17 campaign with a shot conversion rate better than any other player in Europe who scored more than 20 goals.
He is the first Lyon player to score more than 25 goals in a season since Andre Guy in 1969. A feat former Lyon heroes Karim Benzema and Sonny Anderson were never able to match