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Alexandre Lacazette named Arsenal’s Player of the Year

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Alexandre Lacazette has beaten competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey to win Arsenal’s Player of the Year award.

Upon joining in 2017 for a then-club record deal of £52m from Ligue 1 giants Lyon, Lacazette initially struggled to make an impact at Arsenal.

The French striker simply couldn’t carry over his prolific form in France over to the Premier League. This sparked talk of a possible early exit from the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal bringing in Aubameyang last January.

Instead, Lacazette has gone on to form a solid partnership with the former Borussia Dortmund star up front. The duo have combined eight times to score this season alone.

Aside from that, however, Lacazette has also demonstrated a welcome return to form under new manager Unai Emery this term.

The 27-year-old has bagged 18 goals and 12 assists in 46 appearances for Arsenal, with two of those coming in Thursday’s 3-1 first leg semi-final Europa League victory over Valencia.

He’s also not doing badly in the Premier League as his 13 goals and 10 assists have played a valuable part in Arsenal’s pursuit of a top-four finish.

Now, in a voting poll by the club’s supporters, Arsenal announced that Lacazette had won the Player of the Year award with 35% of the votes.

“Goals against Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Valencia only tell half the story, as do his assists against Manchester United both home and away,” read a club statement.

“For while they underline Laca’s status as a big-game player, it is perhaps more telling to look at when the majority of his 18 goals have been scored to understand just how important he has been.

“Of his 18 goals this season, 11 have given us the lead in the match – and we’ve gone on to win 10 of those matches.

“The outlier was the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Emirates in November when his tenacity, composure and clinical finishing sealed a very hard-earned point.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates scoring the 2nd Arsenal goal with team mates during the UEFA Europa League Semi Final First Leg match between Arsenal and Valencia at Emirates Stadium on May 2, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images,)