With news that Arsene Wenger could be lining up an exciting move to bring Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal this summer, here’s a look at five facts Gunners fans should know about this top talent who could be making his way to the Emirates Stadium…
1) Amazing Stats
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon Forget Harry Kane – this guy is a real goalscoring prodigy! Alexandre Lacazette has a superb record of 30 goals in 30 games in all competitions this season, plus six assists for his team-mates.
Statistically, he is ranked on WhoScored.com as the 10th best player in Europe this term, and only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have scored more league goals than the Frenchman, who has 26 in total in Ligue 1.
2) He’s Been A Prodigy For Some Time
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon Still only 23, Lacazette is already a fairly experienced player, having made his first-team debut as a teen prodigy all the way back in the 2009/10 season. By 2011/12, the youngster was already a regular starter, making 43 appearances and scoring ten goals that year.
3) Compared with Thierry Henry
Lyon’s president has made the inevitable comparison with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. Although Lacazette has some way to go before achieving the amazing things his fellow countryman did in the game, he looks to have that same raw talent and incredible finishing ability to complement his pace and all-round skill
Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin has already proved on several occasions this season he is more than a little bit quick off the line.
However, new data shows that the former Barcelona youth player is even faster than many thought with split times showing he is quicker over 40m than 100m world record holder Usain Bolt.
Back in the summer Bellerin dislodged Arsenal ace Theo Walcott as the club’s internal 40m dash record holder when he beat his record of 4.42s by 1/100th of a second.
Walcott had already overtaken north London legend Theirry Henry to earn that title, and the former Southampton youngster was less than pleased to see his record go.
But, based on Bellerin’s results the Spanish defender would have been two metres ahead of Jamaican Bolt at the 40m mark when he landed the 100m record in 2009.
Bolt’s IAAF split time was only 4.64s when he ran a record of 9.58s at the World Championships in Berlin, meaning he would be lagging behind Bellerin. I
t’s safe to say that the Jamaican ace would have caught up with the 20-year-old over the full distance, but Bellerin’s pace will work as a constant reminder to opposing defenders.
A first-half blitz from Arsenal left Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League in tatters as the Gunners ran riot to send themselves second in the Barclays Premier League in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off at the Emirates Stadium.
Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez all scored brilliant goals before the break in a victory that moved the north London club above Manchester City, who play on Monday night, in the title race.
Jordan Henderson added a consolation from the penalty spot but Olivier Giroud clinched the win in stoppage time after Emre Can’s red card.
Raheem Sterling had been the centre of attention before kick-off after he turned down a new contract at Anfield but the 20-year-old was unable to make an impact on one of his potential suitors despite Liverpool having a series of chances before Arsenal opened the scoring.