Coquelin confident 'ice cold' Lacazette will maintain prolific strike rate at Arsenal

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The Gunners have spent big to bring in a proven goalscorer and the France international is being backed to deliver the goods in the Premier League

Alexandre Lacazette is “ice cold” in front of goal and capable of maintaining his prolific strike rate in the Premier League, says Francis Coquelin.

The Gunners broke their transfer record to acquire the France international striker from Lyon, with a £46 million deal put in place for a man who had registered on their radar for some time.

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Arsene Wenger made his move after seeing the 26-year-old impress over a number of years in his homeland, with the 20-goal barrier broken in four successive seasons.

Coquelin sees no reason why Lacazette cannot produce that kind of form in England, with his fellow countryman one of the finest finishers in the business.

The Arsenal midfielder said, having seen the forward already open his account for the club in a friendly date with Sydney FC: “There is always a little question mark but I’m not scared. When you are a goalscorer, you are a goalscorer.

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“Even at 17, he was always the same. In front of goal he’s always ice cold, he always scores a lot of goals.

“When we played with the national team, he finished top scorer when we played the under-20s World Cup. His record for Lyon is incredible. He’s scored so many goals over there.

“He scored 140 goals for the club so he’s shown that in front of goal he doesn’t mess around and that’s what we need.

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“He scored 37 goals last season in 45 games, so I don’t know why he cannot score for Arsenal. It is just whether he is going to put them away and I’m sure he will.

“He will probably get even more chances than he did at Lyon and it is down to him to score them but I’m pretty sure he has come here with his confidence high.

“In front of goal, he’s someone who likes to score goals. He doesn’t need many chances to put them away. I hope we will see that this season.

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Coquelin is also convinced that, with Lacazette on board, Arsenal can build on their FA Cup triumph from last season and hit the ground running in 2017-18.

He added: “We had a tough season last season but it was good to finish on a high, the FA Cup was massive for everyone.

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“For the team, the fans, for the club as well. It’s good to start the new season fresh, we finished on a high and we’re now really focused on the games coming up.”

Arsenal will take in a Community Shield clash with London rivals Chelsea on August 6 before opening the new Premier League season at home to Leicester City on August 11.

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