December 6, 2022

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Leaving Arsenal, Alexandre Lacazette Officially Returns to Olympique Lyon

Reported from espn.com, French striker Alexandre Lacazette has officially rejoined his old club Olympique Lyon, after the player’s contract was not renewed by Arsenal and expired this month. Lacazette is a Lyon academy graduate and has joined since the age of 12 at the club in 2003. He signed a contract that runs until June 2025. Olympique Lyon, the team that Lacazette previously played for before he moved to Arsenal in the summer of 2017.

Lacazette joined Arsenal for a record-breaking transfer at the time after paying a dowry of 53 million euros. Lacazette’s stats at Arsenal this season 2021/2022 played 36 appearances, scored 6 goals and provided 8 assists in all competitions. He lost his place to Eddie Nketiah in the weeks of his final season. The striker underwent a medical on Wednesday, 8 June 2022, before signing a three-year contract with Lyon until 2025.

With the return of Lacazette, Lyon now adds strength to an experienced attacking line, so the young players they have are motivated both playing and with Lacazette. The return of Lacazette is a sign of Lyon’s ambition to compete at the top of Ligue 1 next season, as well as trying to win the throne from Paris Saint-Germain. Alexandre Lacazette has not enjoyed his best season at Arsenal, and is said to have found it increasingly difficult to find targets during his career in North London. Lyon finished eighth this season in 2021/2022 and their last French league title was in 2008.

The 31-year-old player, During his Arsenal uniform (2017-2022), Lacazette made 206 appearances in all competitions where he scored 71 goals and made 36 assists. To win the trophy, Lacazette presented the 2019-2020 FA Cup, 2017 FA Community Shield and UEFA Europa League runners-up 2018-2019.

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Lacazette spent eight years of his senior career at Lyon (2010-2017), where he made 275 appearances, scored 129 goals and provided 43 assists. The following are Lacazette’s titles with Lyon: Coupe de France 2011-2012 and Trophée des Champions 2012. For individual titles Lacazette managed to become the top scorer (Top Score) Ligue 1 (French League) in 2014-2015.