Player becomes club’s 2nd highest goalscorer ever after leaving Arsenal

Arsenal said goodbye to Alexandre Lacazette at the end of the 2021/22 campaign after his contract expired.

The France international – who scored 71 goals in 206 appearances for Arsenal – then returned to Lyon in July 2022, joining the French giants on a free transfer.

Since leaving north London, Lacazette has performed tremendously, and his efforts have now seen him hit a landmark for Lyon.

What’s the story?

Well, the 31-year-old scored in Friday’s 1-1 draw against Nantes in Ligue 1 to notch his 21st goal of the season in just 28 appearances.

The Lyon-born striker also has five assists to his name.

In doing so, Lacazette etched his name into the history books as Lyon’s second-highest goalscorer in history behind Fleury Di Nallo.

The old Arsenal No.9 has now scored 150 goals in 303 appearances for Lyon, a remarkable record which roughly equates to a goal every two games.

Lacazette endured an unhappy time in his final campaign at Arsenal, scoring just six goals in 36 appearances as he found life difficult under Mikel Arteta.

However, it is pleasing to see the Frenchman return to his best back in France, where he finds himself in fantastic form for Lyon.

Arsenal must consider Lacazette form when making Balogun decision

Another man shining in Ligue 1 right now is Folarin Balogun.

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The Arsenal loanee has impressively scored 16 goals in 26 Ligue 1 appearances for Reims, prompting many to question whether he has a chance to compete with Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah next season.

While Balogun is clearly a fine talent, his efforts are contextualised by the form of Lacazette.

What we are saying is this – Arsenal fans should not expect Balogun to match these goalscoring numbers back in the Premier League, seeing as Lacazette, someone who seemed finished in English football, is outscoring him.

In other news, Bundesliga names Arsenal, Liverpool target Julian Brandt as Player of the Month again

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