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Alex Lacazette Message to arsenal fans and next move

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Alex Lacazette will be leaving arsenal at the end of his current contract, which runs until June 30.

Since joining us from Lyon in July 2017, Laca made 206 appearances in all competitions, scoring 71 goals.

The 31-year-old was arsenal top scorer in two seasons during his time with arsena – in 2017/18, and also in 2020/21, when he scored his 50th Premier League goal in the win over Sheffield United in April 2021.

That moved the French striker into the all-time top ten of goalscorers for arsenal in Premier League history – scoring his first goal just 94 seconds into his league debut, against Leicester City, in August 2017.

Laca was an FA Cup winner with arsenal in 2020, was in arsenal FA Community Shield winning team in 2017 and was voted the Arsenal Player of the Season for 2018/19.

Manager Mikel Arteta, said: “Laca has been a fantastic player for us.

“He’s been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence to our younger players.

“His commitment with us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family success and happiness.”

Technical Director Edu, added: “A big thank you to Laca from everyone at Arsenal.

“He’s been really important for us. “He will always be part of the Arsenal family and we wish him well for everything in the future.”

Before departing, Laca spoke to us about his time at the club – click the ‘Play’ button below to watch the full interview.

Thank you, Laca, we wish you all the best for the next chapter in your career.

After five seasons, 206 appearances and 71 goals – Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal career is over.

The striker is leaving the club this summer at the end of his contract, but he takes with him a host of memories from his time in north London.

He bettered that tally the following year, scoring 19 times in all competitions, enough for him to be voted Arsenal Player of the Season by the fans.

He scored 17 goals during his fourth season at the club, including his 50th in the Premier League, becoming only the 10th Arsenal player to reach that landmark.

And last season he chipped in with several more crucial goals, and led the team as captain for the second half of the campaign.


Speaking to Arsenal Media at the end of the season, the 31-year-old Frenchman said it was time for him to have “a new experience and a new adventure.”

He added: “I want to keep all the good moments I had in the club, because for me it was just a pleasure to play for a club that, since I was young, I dreamt of. I’m really happy to have played for five years for Arsenal.”

He finishes his time here as the 32nd all-time top scorer, and says he is especially proud of winning the club’s Player of the Year award in 2019.

“There’s a board at the stadium with all the winners’ names on, and in my first season I told my dad that one day I would be on it. So I’m really proud I made it,” he explained.

“I really felt at home at the training ground and the stadium – I used to call it my garden!

“When I came to Arsenal, I was a bit like a kid with big names, big players, a lot of pressure, and I was not talking so much.

“Year after year I started to talk more, my English got better, my relationships with people at the club got stronger and with the players as well. So I’m happy for who I am now and where I came from.”

Laca, who scored four times against Spurs, and will go down in history as the first north London derby goalscorer at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, finished his farewell interview with a message for the fans, with him he grew such a strong bond over the past five years.

“I want to say thank you, a big thank you because there was a lot of expectation from me when I signed, the welcome was amazing for me.

“I felt straight away comfortable to play for the team and during my five years it’s been amazing with the fans in the stadium.

“Thank you for the song as well, I never talked about it, but it really touched me a lot and, a big thank you for everything.

“I’ll keep in contact with my team-mates, with the coaches, with the club. I supported Arsenal since I was young, so obviously I’m going to keep supporting them. I know I will come back to the stadium as well.
He is likely to go back to is formal club in French league LYON FC.

“Like we say, ‘Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.’”

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