Coquelin heaps praise on Lacazette

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Arsenal ace Francis Coquelin has heaped praise on his new team mate Alexandre Lacazette.

The 26-year-old French striker became the Gunners’ record signing when he penned a five-year deal at the club earlier this month.

He has since linked up with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and the rest of the squad on their pre-season tour of Australia, and has impressed.

Coquelin spoke glowingly of his compatriot and new Gunners team mate in an interview with the Mirror.

“[Lacazette] scored 140 goals for [Lyon] so he’s shown that in front of goal he doesn’t mess around and that’s what we need,” he said.

“He scored 37 goals last season in 45 games, so I don’t know why he cannot score for Arsenal. He will probably get even more chances than he did at Lyon and it is down to him to score them but I’m pretty sure he has come here with his confidence high.

“In front of goal, he’s someone who likes to score goals. He doesn’t need many chances to put them away. I hope we will see that this season.”

Lazazette was in fine form in front of goal for Lyon last term, scoring 37 goals in 45 appearances across all competitions, as well as five assists.

He broke into the first team at Lyon in the summer of 2007, and he went on to play 275 league and cup games for the club, which yielded 129 goals and 43 assists.

The Gunners finished fifth in last season’s Premier League, and Wenger and Coquelin alike will hope Lacazette can fire them to a higher finish next term.

Lacazette has been capped by France on 11 occasions, but he was an unused substitute in his nation’s 3-2 friendly win over England in June of this year.

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