Thierry Henry thinks Alexandre Lacazette will bring a new dimension to Arsene Wenger’s attack having proved his goal-scoring quality at Lyon.
The Gunners had to break their transfer record to snap up the France international back in July and are hoping the 26-year-old can build on his two goals in pre-season when the Premier League kicks-off on Friday night against Leicester.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, former Gunner Henry predicted his compatriot will benefit from squad rotation, revealing:
“I’m a big fan of him. I saw him playing for a long time in the French league and in the youth team. He was always a talent that everyone was waiting for him to grow into, and to be fair he did, he’s been scoring goals every season.”
“[Lacazette] has a different game to Giroud, which I think is good because you need different types of strikers.
“He did it in the French league and people might say it’s a different league but, with due respect to Lyon, he’ll also be with better players. I’m backing him to have a good season.
“But rotation will be key. Sometimes you’ll need Giroud or even [Alexis] Sanchez in the middle and sometimes you’ll need [Danny] Welbeck or [Theo] Walcott, whoever will have an impact.
“You’re waiting on Lacazette to have an impact with the fee, I know you shouldn’t mention that, but that’s how it is nowadays.”
Lacazette has spoken previously about a chance meeting with Thierry Henry in New York that helped him to find renewed focus in his drive to reach the top of the game.
Speaking back in May, the 26-year-old said: “Thierry shook me up. He told me I always have to keep working on myself, which you tend to forget when you’re young.
“When a player like Thierry speaks, you can’t ignore what he’s saying to you. I realised that to be a great player meant permanent hard work. Someone like him always wanted to improve, even with the career he had.”