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REVEALED: The surprising player who convinced Alexandre Lacazette to join Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette has claimed he was convinced to join the Gunners by fellow Frenchman Francis Coquelin

Alexandre Lacazette’s arrival at Arsenal has been greeted with huge enthusiasm by all Gunners fans.

The former Lyon striker, who moved to North London for a club record fee, is seen by some fans as being a genuine statement of intent in this summer’s transfer market.

But they will be having to thank one player more than most for Lacazette’s arrival at Arsenal, and many will see it as an unexpected source.

Francis Coquelin has been a bit of a Marmite character at the Gunners in the past few years, but Lacazette has claimed his fellow countryman played a vital role in him signing for the club.

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Lacazette played alongside Coquelin in the 2010 Under-19 European Championships, and that was where they became proper football friends.

The Gunners’ new signing said: “Francis and I kept in touch after that. We’ve had a lot of contact over the last few years and even more over the last few weeks, of course, since it became increasingly likely that I would come to Arsenal.

“He has said only good things about Arsenal, which is not surprising because he wanted me to join the club. Even without that I still really wanted to come here.

“He stressed that it was a great club located in a fantastic city. He said I would not regret my decision to move here because of the people I’d be working with and, of course, the fans.”

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Lacazette looked set to join Atletico Madrid at the start of the summer, but the Spanish side’s transfer ban saw them unable to enter the market.

He signed a deal at Arsenal on Wednesday which could be worth up to £52million including bonuses.


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