Arsenal great Thierry Henry is trusting countryman Alexandre Lacazette to follow in his footsteps and find success with the Gunners but warns that Arsene Wenger’s full squad will be required to make it happen.
The former Olympique Lyon forward joined Arsenal for a club record fee and his set to be Wenger’s first-choice striker ahead of fellow France striker Olivier Giroud.
Henry, Arsenal’s all-time top goal scorer with 228 goals, believes both Lacazette and Giroud will offer versatility for the current squad’s benefit.
“(Lacazette) has a different game to Giroud, which I think is good because you need different types of strikers,” Henry said on Sky Sports.
“He did it in the French league and people might say it’s a different league, but, with due respect to Lyon, he’ll also be with better players. I’m backing him to have a good season.
“Sometimes you’ll need Giroud or even (Alexis) Sanchez in the middle and sometimes you’ll need (Danny) Welbeck or (Theo) Walcott, whoever will have an impact.”
Lacazetter has already drawn drawn comparisons to Henry as he’s adept as both finisher and facilitator and Henry is confident he will have an impact.
“I’m a big fan of him,” Henry said. “I saw him playing for a long time in the French league and in the youth team. He was always a talent that everyone was for him to grow into, and to be fair he did, he’s been scoring goals every season.”
Lacazette provided goals as well as assists, contributing to Lacazette scored 39 goals in all competitions last season for Lyon but was sorely missed in their Europa League semi-final defeat to Ajax Amsterdam.
Arsenal opens their league campaign on Friday, when they host Leicester.