Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes summer signing Alexandre Lacazette shares many of the attributes that made Arsenal legend Ian Wright one of the greatest goalscorers in Gunner’s history.
The Arsenal’s transfer record signing has made a brilliant start to his English Premier League career, netting goals in the home wins over Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth.
The France international striker, a £52m club-record signing from French Ligue 1 club Lyon, has a long way to go to equal Wright’s achievements at the North London club, but the French tactician believes there are similarities between the two.
Wenger told Arsenal Player ‘There are similarities.’
‘Maybe (Alexander) Lacazette is a little less aggressive than (Ian) Wright, but hopefully, he will get to that level because in England (Premier League) you have to survive. Up front (the attack)is a very tough position because you (strikers) get harsh treatment (from defenders) sometimes.
‘He (Lacazette) looks to have shrewdness, and overall I (Wenger) believe if the squad plays pretty well he (Lacazette) always looks to be at the end of some brilliant movements.
‘I (Arsene Wenger) would say the speed of the defenders (in the Premier League) has improved a lot from when Ian Wright was playing. The numbers of defenders you (strikers) have in front of you has improved as well because today everybody recovers very fast.