Who is Alexandre Lacazette?
Alexandre Lacazette is a French professional centre-forward who plays for the Premier League club Arsenal.
France international was born on 28 May 1991 in Lyon. Alexandre began his senior career with Lyon in 2010, at age only 19.
Initially a wide forward, Lacazette was converted into a centre-forward, and finished as Ligue 1 top goalscorer and won Ligue 1 Player of the Year in the 2014–15 campaign.
In summer 2017, the French striker signed a reported five-year contract for the London club for a record fee.
Les Gones disclosed that the fee was an initial €53m. In summer 2017, Alexandre played his debut game for the Gunners in the 2017 FA Community Shield with Chelsea.
This victory constituted his first title win at the Emirates Stadium. On 11 August, the French centre-forward played his debut game in the Premier League with Leicester City and scored after 94 seconds to give the Gunners a 1–0 lead in an eventual 4–3 victory.
On 3 May 2019, Alexandre was voted by the Gunners fans as Arsenal’s player of the campaign. In summer 2020, the French striker was selected to start in the FA Cup final with Chelsea, as the Gunners won their 14th FA Cup.
On April 11, Lacazette scored his 50th Premier League goal in a 3-0 victory over Sheffield United.
What is Alexandre Lacazette’s international career like?
Alexandre has featured for all of Les Bleus’ national youth sides, beginning with the U16 team playing his debut game in France’s 2–0 win against Cameroon on 3 April 2007 at the Montaigu Tournament.
Alexandre was a key contributor to Les Bleus’ win in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where Lacazette scored the game-winning goal in the final with Spain.
Alexandre has recorded three goals in sixteen games for France. On 23 May 2013, Alexandre received his first call-up to the senior team following the withdrawal of Jérémy Ménez through injury.
Lacazette played his debut game on 5 June as a 58th-minute substitute for Olivier Giroud in a 0–1 friendly defeat with Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo.
Alexandre scored his first international goal on 29 March 2015, opening a 2–0 friendly victory over Denmark at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne. During the game, Lacazette was booed by some of the local fans due to their rivalry with Lyon.
On 14 November 2017, Alexandre netted a brace for Les Bleus during a friendly away to Germany in an eventual 2–2 draw. On 17 May 2018, Lacazette was named on the standby list for the 23-man Les Bleus team for the 2018 Mundial in Russia.