The French international will become the club’s record signing, with the fee of £46m rising to £52m with bonuses.
It’s been a painful journey for Arsène Wenger to land his man. Arsenal approached Lyon last summer but their £39.5m bid was rebuffed by the Lyon owner, Jean-Michel Aulas.
Lacazette, who has 91 goals in 133 Ligue Un games across the last four seasons, was expected to join Atletico Madrid. The two clubs agreed a €65m deal for the striker, but with the Spaniards suffering a transfer ban, the move fell through.
Arsenal swooped and moved decisively. Despite feeling that the transfer has been taking forever, it’s moved quickly with the two clubs agreeing a fee inside ten days.
With all the rumours surrounding Alexis Sanchez’s future, this is a ray of bright light for the Gunners for the coming season. Arsenal lacked a consistent goalscorer last season outside of the Chilean and may have finished in the top four if Lacazette were at the club.
Lacazette is the second signing this summer with Sead Kolasinac joining on a free transfer from Schalke.