'I joined Arsenal for the challenge' - Lacazette excited to prove himself in Premier League

The France international forward is looking forward to making his debut for the Gunners following his £52 million move from Lyon to the Londoners

Alexandre Lacazette has expressed delight at moving to Arsenal, admitting that he joined the club 'for the challenge.'

The France international forward became the club's record signing after moving from Lyon for £52 million, but already feels part of Arsene Wenger's squad.

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He has been impressed with what he has seen so far at the club, and is looking forward to making his first appearance.

"I'm very happy to be in Arsenal colours and I'm eager to play for Arsenal," the 26-year-old told reporters. 

"I joined Arsenal for the challenge and playing in the Premier League is very important. It's the best league in the world and Arsenal play fantastic football.

"I feel very well. They train technically and physically, which is comparable to what I'm used to. I feel really integrated by the rest of the squad."

Lacazette is due to make his Gunners debut on Thursday, July 13 against Sydney FC, with the Gunners also taking on Western Sydney Wanderers two days later during their pre-season trip to Australia.

Arsenal then travel to China to compete in the International Champions Cup, where they will face Bayern Munich and Chelsea before returning to England to meet Benfica and Sevilla in the Emirates Cup.