It’s par for the course when a player arrives at a club and is labelled the new somebody. Abou Diaby was the new Patrick Vieira, we’ve had a few new Thierry Henry’s down the years (who haven’t been that at all), and now Alexandre Lacazette has been called the new Ian Wright.
It’s not something that works for Francis Coquelin though and he insists that the former Lyon striker is very much his own man.
The two go way back, playing at French international youth level together, and he’s back Lacazette to make his mark in his own way.
“It is difficult to compare him to others,” he told the Mirror. “I don’t really like comparisons. Everyone gets compared to everyone.
“He is 26 now and I think he is done with comparisons. He has showed that he is Alex Lacazette and he can score goals. He can make a name for himself.
“With the way he plays, people have said Ian Wright – if people think that, okay. But he has his own style and hopefully he can show that this season.”
And while some have had doubts about his ability to adapt to the Premier League, Coquelin is confident his old made can do the business.
“He scored 37 goals last season in 45 games, so I don’t know why he cannot score for Arsenal,” he continued.
“It is just whether he is going to put them away and I’m sure he will.
“He will probably get even more chances than he did at Lyon and it is down to him to score them but I’m pretty sure he has come here with his confidence high.
“In front of goal, he’s someone who likes to score goals. He doesn’t need many chances to put them away. I hope we will see that this season.”