Arsenal great Henry backs Lacazette for success


Alexandre Lacazette

Thierry Henry believes close season signing Alexandre Lacazette will succeed at Arsenal.

Lacazette joined Arsenal from Olympique Lyon for a club-record fee in the off-season, and considering his start in Sunday’s Community Shield triumph over Chelsea, is set to be Wenger’s first choice up front.

Henry, Arsenal’s all-time top goal scorer with 228 goals, believes both Lacazette and Olivier Giroud will offer versatility for the current squad’s benefit.

“(Lacazette) has a different game to Giroud, which I think is good because you need different types of strikers,” Henry said on Sky Sports.

“He did it in the French league and people might say it’s a different league, but, with due respect to Lyon, he’ll also be with better players. I’m backing him to have a good season.

“Sometimes you’ll need Giroud or even (Alexis) Sanchez in the middle and sometimes you’ll need (Danny) Welbeck or (Theo) Walcott, whoever will have an impact.”

The 26-year-old French striker has drawn comparisons to Henry, but what is for certain, he is adept as both finisher and facilitator.

Arsenal opens their league campaign on Saturday, when they host Leicester.