Arsenal have signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon on a five-year deal for a club-record fee €53 million rising to €60 million with add-ons.
The France international, 26, leaves his hometown club after 14 years having scored 129 goals in 275 appearances across all competitions. Last season he hit 28 goals in Ligue 1, the best total for a French player since Jean-Pierre Papin in 1991.
The Gunners used the club’s Twitter feed to tease the player’s arrival at the training ground.
You’ll never guess who… ? pic.twitter.com/4Owx2Bg17i
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 5, 2017
They then confirmed the deal via Instagram with a punny hashtag #lacanewsigning
Lacazette had previously agreed terms with Atletico Madrid only for the move to collapse when the Spanish side were hit with a temporary transfer ban.
Arsene Wenger said of his new boy: “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.”
It remains to be seen whether Lacazette, who is the Gunners’ second signing of the summer after Sead Kolasinac, is a replacement for compatriot Olivier Giroud who has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer.
The club have confirmed that the new signing will be on the plane for the tour to Australia and China.
Welcome to Arsenal Alex, we hope you brought your scoring boots with you…