Thursday, 6 July 2017

Arsene Wenger Convinced Ex- Lyon Star Alexandre Lacazette To Join Arsenal

Arsene Wenger convinced Alexander Lacazette to join Arsenal and snub interest from Manchester United over dinner in a Paris restaurant, according to ESPN
The former Lyon striker had plenty of options and had agreed to join Atletico Madrid, only for that move to fall apart because the Spanish club's transfer ban was upheld.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund had all registered their interest but Wenger was able to persuade Lacazette to head to north London.

ESPN says Wenger sat down with the Gunners' club-record singing half-way through last month after international duty.

Lacazette was said to be concerned about a lack of Champions League football.

However, Wenger convinced his fellow Frenchman it would only be a brief hiatus and normal service would soon be resumed.

The legendary Arsenal boss laid out his plans for Lacazette and the club's future and assured him he would enjoy life at The Emirates, ESPN say.

And it worked. The 26-year-old decided he wanted to become a Gunner that night.

Arsenal had been keeping tabs on Lacazette for a decade.

He was first spotted as a 16-year-old by Gilles Grimandi, the former Arsenal player turned scout.

Wenger had considered a move many times but he was finally persuaded to get the chequebook out and smash the club's transfer record by forking out £52m for the striker.

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