The week-end press was awash with comparisons between Lacazette and Giroud, and speculation that the signing signals the end of Sanchez’s Arsenal career. Mbappe tweeted: “Back to Monaco.”
Tony Stenson in the Star has a good analysis as far as it goes:
Lacazette played 30 games in Ligue 1 last season and scored a goal every 86 minutes (28 in 2,408 minutes).
Giroud found the back of the net once every 99.5 minutes (12 goals in 1,194 minutes), although he was often used as a substitute.
Lacazette has a better shot conversion rate – 33.33% to 30.77%.
However, in the last five years, Giroud has averaged a goal every 90 minutes at 0.57 compared to Lacazette’s 0.6 and boasts more assists – averaging 0.19 every 90 minutes compared to 0.13.
The Guardian points out that of his 129 goals in all competitions for Lyon, 23 came from the spot. Hence the unkind nickname “Penalzette”.
Alistair Kleebauer takes up the theme of Giroud in the Liverpool Echo, due to Everton’s interest: “Ollie has been a totem for the club’s uncertain position in football’s hierarchy – not quite special enough to contribute to a league title but good enough to keep the team near the top of the table.
“He’s not one of the world’s best strikers, although he has frequently scored world class goals, but in the next echelon of strikers, he’s near the top.”
Describing a love-hate relationship with the fans, including disaster against Monaco and the sublime effort against Palace, he concludes that there are already plenty of good memories from Ollie’s time in north London.
Nigel Winterburn reckons Lacazette will need time to settle, just like Bergkamp and Henry, as reported in the Echo.
The Star reckons Barcelona are keeping tabs on five right backs in case their move for Bellerin is unsuccessful this week.
According to the Independent, Arsenal have agreed terms with Lemar, and will increase the bid to £45 rising to £50m but Monaco don’t want to lose most of their best players. Elsewhere, it is reported that Wenger thinks Lemar is a more reliable bet that Mahrez as a wide player.
Meanwhile Arsenal youngster Kaylen Hinds has joined Wolfsburg for £2m. And Yaya Sonogo has joined Toulouse on a free. He scored just once in 20 appearances for Arsenal and failed to find the net at all in his 21 Premier League games. So-No-Goals? Exception that proves the rule.