ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE has issued Arsenal an ultimatum – insisting his next club must play in Champions League.
The Lyon star looks set to leave his boyhood club in the summer having scored 123 goals in 270 games in all competitions since making his debut in 2010.
Form like that has attracted interest in the 25-year-old from a host of Europe’s top sides – with Arsenal in poll position in terms of English teams alongside the likes of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
The Gunners’ interest is a known fact, having had a bid rejected for the prolific French international last summer, who is itching for a move.
But they must up their game to poach the striker, having had a miserable domestic season as they sit in sixth position in the Premier League with European football a doubt – something he insists on.
He told UEFA.com ahead of their Europa League semi-final this week with Ajax: “[The team I join] will have to be in the Champions League and play good football.
“Passing the ball, not just hitting it from box to box. Not kick and rush. That would not work for me.
“This summer I might go for a breath of fresh air and try something different, always with the idea of progressing in football and as a person.
“I’m going to keep working, with the hope that good opportunities come for me this summer.”
But something which could work in Arsenal’s favour despite their poor form and off-field turbulence this summer with the future of manager Arsene Wenger up in the air is the influence of a club legend.
Lacazette revealed he has spoken to former Gunners star and fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry about his ambitions – with the star surely telling the younger man that the Emirates is a good home.
He added: “Thierry Henry shook me and told me to keep pushing myself, something we tend to forget when we are young. It made an impression, of course.
“When a player like Thierry Henry speaks to you, you pay attention. I realised that being a great player is a full-time job.
“Could I win the Ballon d’Or one day? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First I will try to leave my mark at the club. Then we’ll see.”