Arsenal guaranteed No.9 striker he will not be sold

Alexandre Lacazette has spoken of his happiness at Emirates after being assured that the club had no intentions of selling him in the upcoming transfer windows.

Alexandre Lacazette moved from Lyon to Arsenal ahead of the 2017-18 season for a then-club record transfer fee, but the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared to threaten the France international’s role at the club.

“When first I think of Arsenal, it was when Titi Henry played for Arsenal and scored goals,” the 27-year-old said. “Now I’m there, so I want to make the fans happy.

“I signed for Lyon at 10. At seven they wanted me to sign, but my dad said, ‘it’s too early, you need to learn with your friends and just have fun’.

“I needed the next step. A few years ago I talked with Arsenal, but it was not a good time. When they came I was so happy, and the discussion with Arsenal and the club was so quick, and with me, it was so quick.

“I’m happy because I know now the league, I know my players, my teammates. The club is happy because this summer they didn’t want to sell me; they told me ‘we are happy to have you in the team’.”