Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes new signing Alexandre Lacazette can replicate the kind of form Zlatan Ibrahimovic had at Manchester United last season.
The Swedish striker who was signed from Paris Saint Germain (PSG) scored 28 English Premier League goals for the Red Devils but was released after he copped an injury towards the end of last term.
As Arsenal get set to welcome Leicester City in the opening match of the 2017/2018 campaign on Friday night, the former Lyon striker has been on the spotlight after arriving north London for £52million, a record signing for the Gunners.
“With Lacazette, it’s simple. He is an intelligent player. We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well," Wenger is quoted by www.themirror.co.uk.
“After that, we get the efficiency. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal.
“Goal-scoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that’s for sure.
“But you could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England. So that’s the target Lacazette should set.”
“I know him for a long time. In France, you have Paris that produces maybe 60 or 70% of players. With the suburbs they go south and west.
“After Paris, you have Lyon, which is a special place in France as they have their own mentality. They don’t like to move away, usually.
“They produce their own players, the players who grew up around Lyon, like Fekir, Lacazette, Gonalons. They all stay in Lyon. They usually like to stay there. They are players with a special mentality and I did not know whether they wanted to move or not.
“Does he want to go abroad or not? It is a very specific French players at Lyon.
Wenger admitted he is open to bringing more players in the current window but stressed the difficulty in managing those at his disposal at the moment.
“We are still open [for more signings]. But of course at the moment I have 33 players [in the squad] and it’s very difficult to manage, on a daily basis, such a high number.
Wenger also talked about the situation with league champions Chelsea who they defeated via penalties on the FA Community Shield on Sunday.
“Maybe, yes, he has the opposite problem. But if you look at the number of players on loan, they can call a few back.
“I have sympathy for him [Conte]. But do I feel sorry for Chelsea because they don’t have enough players? Then, no.”