Following his departure from Arsenal at the end of his contract, French striker Alexandre Lacazette has re-signed for his previous club Lyon.
After signing from the Ligue 1 club in 2017, the 31-year-old spent five years in North London before returning to the Groupama Stadium on a three-year deal.
Alexandre Lacazette return has been a “priority” for Olympique Lyonnais for several months, and his signing “testifies to the club’s big goals,” according to the club.
After coming through the development system, Lacazette played 275 games and scored 129 goals during his first tenure with the club.
His move to the Emirates Stadium was worth up to €60 million (£51 million currently), and while he won the FA Cup and reached the Europa League final with the Gunners, he didn’t quite achieve the heights expected of him at the time, scoring 71 goals in five years with the club.
With Eddie Nketiah out of contract and without a new deal yet, and former club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departing during the winter transfer window, the Premier League club are on the market for at least one replacement attacker this summer.
As the forward’s departure was revealed, manager Mikel Arteta commented, “Laca has been a terrific player for us.”
“He’s been a true leader both on and off the field, and a huge effect on our younger players.” His dedication to us has been outstanding, and we wish him and his family continued success and happiness.”
Between 2013 and 2017, he earned 16 senior international caps for France, but after joining Arsenal, he barely played for the national team. However, two of his three international goals came as a Gunner, including a brace against Germany shortly after signing. In the 2018-19 season, Lacazette was named Arsenal’s player of the year.