While the summer transfer window has not yet opened, several clubs are already very active behind the scenes. For some, it is above all a question of settling many hot issues such as players at the end of their contract. Alexandre Lacazette was in this case on the side of Arsenal, with a lease ending at the end of the month. And as expected, the French striker will not extend with the Gunners, who formalized his departure on Friday. “Alex Lacazette will leave us at the end of his current contract, which runs until June 30. (…) Thank you Laca, we wish you the best for the next chapter of your career»simply explains the London club in its press release.
🔥 For the 206 games and 71 goals
💪 For your dedication to The Arsenal
Thank you for 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴, @LacazetteAlex ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 3, 2022
Arrived in the English capital in 2017 after his good years at Olympique Lyonnais, the player now 31 years old will therefore have marked Arsenal, he who notably played 206 matches in all competitions for 71 goals and 36 caviars. But with the English formation, Alexandre Lacazette above all won two trophies, namely a Community Shield in 2017 and an English Cup three years later, in 2020. Not to mention this Europa League final lost in 2019 against Chelsea. A page is therefore turned for the international tricolor (16 selections, 3 goals), but what will be the next?
A long-awaited return to Lyon!
Captain for a long time this season but then very little used by Mikel Arteta from mid-April, the native of Lyon had for a time been announced in the sights of FC Barcelona, still looking for the rare pearl to come and strengthen his attack. But in recent hours, his name has quickly been associated with an old acquaintance: OL! This Thursday, the daily The Team simply explained that the return of Alexandre Lacazette to Rhône-Alpes was imminent. To find his training club, the main concerned would have agreed to lower his salary considerably.
With now the formalization of his departure from Arsenal, Olympique Lyonnais seems to have free rein to strike a huge blow on this summer transfer market 2022. Alexandre Lacazette, he therefore risks returning to Ligue 1 in a few months, but not a European Cup since with its eighth place this season in the French Championship, the Rhone team will not play on the European scene in 2022-2023.