- Exiting Arsenal striker Lacazette set for emotional return to boyhood club Lyon
- The striker is the French clubs third all time leading scorer with 129 goals. His return will see him chase down Di Nallo’s 182 goal record
- The striker leaves Arsenal on a free transfer following 5 years in the north London where he scored 54 goals
Lyon are closing in on the signing of former striker Alexandre Lacazette, with the striker set to re-sign once his contract expires at the end of the month.
The French International is still highly regarded in Lyon having scored over 100 league goals before sealing his move to Arsenal in 2017. Lyon general manager, Vincent Ponsot confirmed his respect for the player and his desire for the striker’s return back in February.
“He’s a player who interests us for all that he has represented here. We noticed his maturity and he is someone that the club have stayed in contact with. We will make every possible effort (to re-sign him)”
“This is part of the guiding ideas brought by (new sporting director) Bruno Cheyrou. In our context, yes he (Lacazette) is more accessible than (Real Madrid striker Karim) Benzema. We have to try to see if we can do it as a free player but we will not be alone.” Ponsot stated during the Ndombele unveiling press conference. L’Equipe confirmed that the announcement of Lacazette’s return to Lyon was imminent last week, with the player also understood to be keen to continue his career at the Groupama Stadium.
Interestingly, Lacazette was the last player to finish Ligue 1 top scorer from a player whom doesn’t play for rivals Paris Saint-Germain. The striker’s return will no doubt be greeted with excitement by the Lyon fans.