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Pires Pleads With Arsenal Fans Concerning Their Club Record Signing Lacazette

Pires Pleads With Arsenal Fans Concerning Their Club Record Signing Lacazette
22/7/2017

Robert Pires has pleaded with the Arsenal fans to let their Club record Signing Alexandre Lacazette settle in gradually as the premier league isn't so easy to adapt.

The France international was signed with a £52 million deal which beats that of any other Arsenal player and signifies the move by Arsene Wenger to head into the new season competing for major trophies.

Lacazette scored 28 goal with Lynn in Ligue 1 last season and has already netted for the Gunners in his debut game for Arsenal against Sidney FC last week

Robert Pires said

"I think he will be a success,'' he said. "He is a good striker who has scored a lot of goals with Lyon. Of course it will be very difficult in the beginning because when you play in France and move to England it is not the same, it is very aggressive.

"Maybe he will need time for the adaptation but everyone around him is very important, especially the French connection.

"I think Arsene Wenger has a very important role for him, Arsenal have Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, it is good and I'm happy for the club.
"But to make the adaption, to find the rhythm and the tempo, for me it took six or seven months.

"It was very tough, for me it was the aggression and intensity. For me, because I came from France, it was heavy and that is why it is difficult in the Premier League.''

Pires Sheds Light On His First Premier League Experience

"I remember that moment,'' he said. "It was my first game away at Sunderland and Arsene said 'Robert, I know you are a bit upset because you want to play but I prefer if you are on the bench and you can watch the game, the fight and the tempo.'

"After 20 minutes sat on the bench I said to myself 'what are you doing here?' because it was very, very difficult. I remember one tackle from Patrick Vieira and I thought this football wasn't for me.

"It was very difficult and it is about adaptation, it is very difficult. Some people say it is the same everywhere, it isn't.

"If you play in France, Spain or Italy it is not the same football, especially when you play in England. Every game is very difficult.''

Concerning Competition For Olivier Giroud and his possible Exit.

"I know Olivier Giroud is a big professional, he is competitive of course but the situation is not the same because Arsenal spent a lot of money on Lacazette,'' he said.

"I believe in Giroud because he loves to fight, fight the good fight and not for himself, but for the team. If you want to win the title you need everybody and Arsenal need Olivier Giroud.''

Concerning Lemar's possible transfer from Monaco

"I love Lemar. I think he is one of the best French players,'' he added.

"He played very well last season with Monaco in the Champions League, he is a young player with good technique, a good left foot, he can do a good cross and score good goals. For me, yes, he has a very good profile to play for Arsenal.''
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