❤️ Thank you, Laca

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Thank you, Laca

Alex Lacazette will be leaving us 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 our top scorer in two seasons during his time with us - 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 us 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 us in 2020, was in our FA Community Shield winning team in 2017 and was voted the Arsenal Player of the Season for 2018/19.

Before joining us, Laca had played all his club football for his hometown club Lyon, scoring exactly 100 goals in Ligue 1 during his seven years in the French club’s first team.

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.

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'Once a Gunner, always a Gunner'

Interview

‘I played for the club of my dreams’

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.

Signed by Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2017, the Frenchman made an instant impact for the Gunners, scoring just 94 seconds into his Premier League debut, and going on to net 17 times during his first season.

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.

The next season, now playing under Mikel Arteta, he played a major role in our FA Cup success, lifting the trophy after a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley.

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50 up for Laca! | Watch all of Alex Lacazette's Premier League goals

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.

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

Arsenal Player of the Year Award Winners since 2000
Year Player
2000 Thierry Henry
2001 Patrick Vieira
2002 Robert Pires
2003 Thierry Henry
2004 Thierry Henry
2005 Thierry Henry
2006 Jens Lehmann
2007 Cesc Fabregas
2008 Mathieu Flamini
2009 Robin van Persie
2010 Cesc Fabregas
2011 Jack Wilshere
2012 Robin van Persie
2013 Santi Cazorla
2014 Aaron Ramsey
2015 Alexis Sanchez
2016 Mesut Ozil
2017 Alexis Sanchez
2018 Aaron Ramsey
2019 Alexandre Lacazette
2020 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
2021 Bukayo Saka

Player Profile

Name
Alexandre Lacazette
Squad number
9
Born
May 28, 1991/Lyon, France
Height/weight
176cm/77kg
Arsenal debut
v Chelsea (n) Community Shield, August 6, 2017 (drew 1-1, won on penalties)
First goal
v Leicester City (h) Premier League, August 11, 2017 (won 4-3)
Previous clubs
Lyon
Twitter
@LacazetteAlex

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