Analysis: Reported Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette betters Olivier Giroud in seven key areas

Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

According to Saturday’s report in the Telegraph, Arsenal’s bid to sign Alexandre Lacazette has been boosted after Lyon boss Hubert Fournier admitted the striker could leave this summer.

Aside from signing goalkeeper Petr Cech, the Gunners have so far been quiet this summer, with a number of supporters keen for the club to make some extra additions.

A defensive midfielder has long been mooted as a possibility, whereas Premier League observers feel an improvement on striker Olivier Giroud would bring them much closer to next season’s title.

Acquiring a top class forward, however, won’t come easy, or cheap, although Lyon boss Fournier has opened the door to a potential Lacazette deal, saying: “He is still under contract and the club is the decision maker. At no time have I felt a request to leave from him. Things can still change. It is early July. The sooner it is resolved, the better it will be for everyone."

  TeamGoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per GameTake-ons per GameAccurate Passes per GameTackles per GameAppearances
Olivier Giroud Arsenal 14 3 2.59 1.07 0.26 19.15 0.74 27
Aleksander Lacazette Lyon 27 6 2.9 1.6 2 27.4 0.8 33

But would the 24-year-old fall in line with the quality signings which Arsene Wenger has spoken about this summer? Well, as per the table above, he certainly compares favourably against Giroud.

The France international hit 27 goals last season, 13 more than his French compatriot in North London, while the Lyon man also contributed with more assists.

Going forward, Lacazette averaged more shots, key passes and successful dribbles per league encounter last season as he took the French top-flight by storm.

Moreover, the talented striker offers plenty in a number of other key attacking categories, such as linking-up well with his teammates and defending from the front, illustrated by his solid average number of tackles.

From a statistic standpoint, Lyon’s top scorer would represent a fine option for the Gunners this summer and considering his age, one that Arsene Wenger should seriously consider.

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