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Arsenal officially announced a deal for Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon making him Arsenal’s second summer signing after Sead Kolanic from Schalke 04.
And the Frenchman admitted how Arsenal legend Thierry Henry gave him a kick up the backside to fulfil his potential at Lyon.
Lacazette 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.”
Arsenal fans owe a debt of gratitude to Francis Coquelin after Alexandre Lacazette revealed the midfielder helped convince him to sign for the Gunners.
Lacazette completed his move to the Emirates on Wednesday for a reported club record €60million, the striker signing a long-term deal with Arsene Wenger’s side.
“We’ve had a lot of contact over the last few years and even more over the last few weeks, of course, since it became increasingly likely that I would come to Arsenal,” he told Arsenal Player.
“He has said only good things about Arsenal, which is not surprising because he wanted me to join the club. Even without that I still really wanted to come here.
“He stressed that it was a great club located in a fantastic city. He said I would not regret my decision to move here because of the people I’d be working with and, of course, the fans.”
— Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) July 6, 2017