Lacazette In Spotlight As Arsenal Host Emirates Cup
Arsenal fans would be hoping Alexandre Lacazette breaks his dry patch this weekend.
The Gunners step up their pre-season preparations in the Emirates Cup when they face Benfica on Saturday.
The Emirates Cup fixture and next week's Community Shield clash with Chelsea present an opportunity for Lacazette to showcase his talent in front of club supporters before the kickoff of the English Premier League.
Arsenal play against Leicester City in the season opener on August 11.
Emulating that 2003-04 Arsenal team, which won the title without a single defeat thanks to inspired contributions from French stars Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires, might be aiming a little too high.
However, Lacazette is confident he can make significant impact in his debut season.
"Arsenal is a legendary club. Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club," Lacazette said.
"Arsenal's past appeals to me. I like clubs with a history. Also, the fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club which I like.
"In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here."
Lacazette's arrival has given fresh hope to Arsenal supporters hoping their team can build on an unexpectedly upbeat end to a traumatic season.
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