Alexandre Lacazette CONFIRMS he’s leaving Arsenal as a free agent, with Mikel Arteta lamenting the loss of ‘a real leader’ as he heads back to Lyon
- Alexandre Lacazette has penned a statement confirming he will leave Arsenal
- The striker will depart as a free agent this summer, ending his five-year spell
- Mikel Arteta described him as a ‘real leader’ and wished him well for the future
- As reported by Sportsmail, Lacazette is closing in on a return to old club Lyon
Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed he will leave Arsenal as a free agent when his contract runs down this month, bringing an end to his five-year stay at the club.
The striker is poised to return to his former side Lyon, as reported by Sportsmail, and has announced his departure from the Emirates with a social media statement.
Since arriving in 2017 from Lyon, he made 206 appearances in all competitions, scoring 71 goals. He is now believed to be weighing up a number of offers.
Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed he will leave Arsenal on a free transfer this summer
Both Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu have thanked the 31-year-old for his service, with the manager praising his ‘exceptional’ commitment.
And Lacazette has also penned a message of his own to reflect on his spell.
‘Five years ago, my dream came true… to sign for Arsenal,’ it read.
The striker spent five years at the club, and is understood to be closing in on a return to Lyon
‘It’s been an honour to wear the jersey, to be a part of this family. I won trophies, I met real and nice ppl (sic), and I fell even more in love with this club.
‘Good luck for the future of the club and the fans, it’s been a pleasure.
‘Once a Gunner, always a Gunner. Thank you Arsenal.’
Lacazette won the FA Cup with the side in 2020, and also lifted the Community Shield in 2017. He was voted the Arsenal Player of the Season for 2018-19.
Mikel Arteta has lamented the loss of a ‘real leader’, but has wished ace Lacazette ‘success’
‘Laca has been a fantastic player for us,’ Arteta said.
‘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.’
Lacazette joined the Gunners in 2017, and has scored 71 goals in 206 overall appearances
Edu, meanwhile, 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.’
Sportsmail understands Lyon are confident of reaching an agreement to sign their former ace. There, he played 275 matches and scored 129 goals before leaving.