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Arsenal vs Leicester City: Will Lacazette be the final piece of the puzzle for the Gunners?

 

A transfer that has seemingly been spoken about for millennia, Alexandre Lacazette is finally an Arsenal player. The now former Lyon man became Arsenal’s club record signing and will now join, if not head up Arsenal’s three-man attack but the question is, will his arrival finally bring Arsenal their consistent and reliable goalscorer, and consequently their title-winner. 

Arsenal’s first challenge starts with Leicester on Friday night, a game which is crucial to start off with a win. It may not be the Leicester side which won the league two years ago but Arsenal will still need to be at their best to avoid a slip-up, especially with their new summer signing, Kelechi Iheanacho. In partnership with Jamie Vardy, Leicester City have a potent duo that could well trouble an Arsenal backline that will be without Laurent Koscielny and possibly Per Mertesacker, leaving a possible trio of Holding, Monreal and Mustafi – who has only recently returned to training. 

The Gunners will have, however, Sead Kolasinac, who although only early in his Arsenal career, looks like an absolute bargain, having been taken on as a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Schalke 04. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international will add such much-needed steel and physicality to Arsenal’s backline, while also being able to play as a left-wing back and left-sided centreback. In truth, the Kolasinac signing is a cheap, solid purchase which will not likely have any blowback if he doesn’t succeed, Lacazette however, is a different story. 

The Lyon striker will seemingly hold the key to Arsenal’s title challenge this year. He provides the ability to get in behind the opposition’s defence – something which will please Ozil – while also having the ability to link up in the build up. Lacazette may not be the quickest but he certainly knows the right areas to position himself in order to score, a talent which helped him score 28 goals in the league last year. If you were a betting man who used online casino reviews, you’d assume that Lacazette won’t reach that goal tally this year. Playing his first season is arguably the most physically demanding league in the world, he must be given time to acclimatize. Furthermore, it remains to be seen if he will partner Giroud – the man ahead of him in the national team – going forward or play with him in a front three.

In sum, will Lacazette be the man to finally fill Robin Van Persie’s boots this year, probably not. There again, will his goals make a difference in Arsenal’s title hunt, yes, even if that doesn’t result in winning the trophy. He will score goals for the club, but not just yet.