Arsenal Striker Leaves for Free, Rejoins Boyhood Club on Three Year Deal

Arsenal Striker Leaves for Free, Rejoins Boyhood Club on Three Year Deal

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:04 PM
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  • Alexandre Lacazette’s time at Arsenal has officially come to an end
  • The Frenchman has rejoined his boyhood club Olympique Lyonnais after a five-year stay at the Emirates
  • Lacazette left Arsenal on a free transfer after his contract ran out in June 2022

Alexandre Lacazette is back in the French Ligue 1 after rejoining his former club Lyon on a free transfer from Arsenal.

The Frenchman, 31, has signed a three-year deal with Lyon after departing Arsenal following the end of his deal at the Emirates.

Arsenal had last week confirmed that they would be letting Lacazette go via a statement, bringing an end to his five-year stay at the North London outfit.

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Lacazette has rejoined Olympique Lyonnas on a three year deal. Photo: Olympic Lyon website.
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Official announcement was made by Lyon on Thursday, June 9, with the club saying they were "very proud and very happy" to have their old player back.

In April, there were hints that the Frenchman would leave the Emirates, as Mikel Arteta expressed uncertainty over a new deal for him.

"It is the agreement that we made with him. That was our position and our position remains the same - that is what we are going to do," Arteta added at the time as quoted by BBC

Furthermore, Lacazette himself had admitted that Lyon was a club that was close to his heart in an April interview with Canal Plus.

Lacazette at Arsenal

Lacazette rose through the ranks in Lyon’s youth system, before eventually breaking into the first team in 2009.

In his first stint with the French club, he scored an impressive 129 goals in 275 matches in all competitions.

He left Lyon for Arsenal in 2017 and as a Gunner, he managed 54 times in 158 Premier League appearances.

It is worth noting that he was an integral part of the Arsenal squad that lifted the FA Cup in 2020.

Liverpool release list of departing players

Elsewhere, Liverpool released a list of players who would be departing the club this summer.

Among them was club hero Divock Origi, who is reportedly set to join AC Milan on a free transfer.

The 27-year old Belgian will certainly live long in the memories of Liverpool fans’ hearts for his tendency to find a goal for his side in crucial moments.

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