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      Alexandre Lacazette is in London ahead of a club-record move to the Premier League, and he is set to be confirmed as an Arsenal player in the next 48 hours.

      The Frenchman was due to undergo his Gunners medical at their London Colney training ground on Tuesday prior to finalising a £44million switch from Lyon.

      The transfer fee eclipses the £42.5m spent by Arsenal on Mesut Ozil in 2013.

      Arsenal made an unsuccessful £29m bid to sign the 26-year-old a year ago and saw an opening offer of £39.5m rejected this summer, before reaching an agreement with Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas.

      'The deal will happen for something between that and £43.8m. To be close to €50m is something unique, and will be a record for Arsenal and a record for Lyon,' Aulas said of the impending transfer.

      'One must also take into account that traditionally, a club like Arsenal do not have the habit of spending so much for one player.

      'We will without a doubt hit a record. It is not a small transfer, €50m for a player who was produced by our club.'

      Lacazette has been with Lyon since the start of his career, scoring 129 goals in 275 games for his hometown club. Last season he scored 37 times in 45 appearances.

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      Not sure it's money well spent. Lacazette cannot be said to be a proven striker, especially on the big stage.

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      Not sure it's money well spent. Lacazette cannot be said to be a proven striker, especially on the big stage.

      Thing is, it took Wenger over a decade of underachievement to realize the football terrain has changed financially and dramatically. No way Wenger buys Lacazette for 52m Euros, never mind 25m three years back. Could have closed his eyes to shelve out the pounds when the likes of Aguero, Lewandowski, Suarez were valued at a much cheaper price. Now, he has to scrape for whatever little quality there is in the transfer market. Even those ones don't come cheap again. Heck, Mbappe for 125m pounds? Blimey! You are right in that he can't be said to be the finished article that would guarantee goals. His purchase is a 50-50 gamble. Without a shred of doubt, the jury is still out on him. Hope it works out well for the Gunners.

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