French striker Alexandre Lacazette will leave Arsenal when his contract expires this month, the Premier League club said on Friday, bringing the curtain down on his five-year stint with the north London side.
Signed in 2017 for a then club record 46.5 million pounds from French side Olympique Lyonnais, Lacazette was the club’s top scorer in a season twice.
But the 31-year-old lost his place in the starting lineup this season after scoring only six goals in all competitions.
“Laca has been a fantastic player for us. He’s been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence to our younger players,” manager Mikel Arteta said in a statement.
Lacazette, who scored 71 goals and provided 36 assists for Arsenal in all competitions, said farewell to the club’s fans in a tweet says, “Once a Gunner, always a Gunner.”
🔥 For the 206 games and 71 goals
💪 For your dedication to The Arsenal
Thank you for 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴, @LacazetteAlex ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 3, 2022