Is Lacazette the answer for Arsenal?

By Daniel Cowan
In Arsenal
Jul 5th, 2017

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette this week in a reported £44 million deal according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas. However exclusive stats obtained by show the North London club could be making a huge mistake.

Our stats team have analysed Alexandre Lacazette’s goals for Lyon in Ligue 1 last season, excluding penalties, and our numbers reveal Arsenal are about to spend big on a player known as ‘Penalzette’ in France.

On the surface, Lacazette’s 28 goals in French football’s top flight looks great. However, considering 10 came from the penalty spot, the numbers paint a very different picture.

When broken down into minutes per goal excluding penalties, Lacazette found the back of the net every 134 minutes in a league considered far weaker than the Premier League.

In contrast, Olivier Giroud scored 12 goals with none coming from penalties, registering each goal every 100 minutes, 34 minutes fewer than the man expected to replace the 30-year-old at Arsenal.Over the past three seasons, dating back to the beginning of the 2014/15 season, Lacazette has scored 76 Ligue 1 goals. Twenty have been penalties, a substantial 26%.

£44 million for a player with exaggerated goal stats due to the number of penalties scored, in a relatively poor league.

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