By Matt Bullin
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has backed his fellow countryman Alexandre Lacazette to be a success at Arsenal.
The 26-year-old front man became the Gunners’ record signing when he put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal at the club earlier this month.
Lacazette is renowned across Europe for his goal-scoring ability, and Kante has admitted he knows him well from his time in Ligue 1.
The Chelsea midfielder spoke glowingly of Lacazette in an interview with the London Evening Standard.
“I know him from the national team and from what he did in the French league. He is a very good player,” he said.
“He has scored more than 20 goals every season for the last few seasons in Ligue 1. He is a good player and a good addition for Arsenal.
“He’s a goalscorer, clever with the ball and when he has a chance he has a gift for finishing well.”
Lacazette was one of Lyon’s top performers last term, scoring 37 goals in 45 league and cup games, as well as supplying five assists.
He broke into the senior squad at the French outfit in the summer of 2007, and he went on to make 275 appearances across all competitions for the club, which yielded 129 goals and 43 assists.
The Gunners finished fifth in last season’s Premier League, while Chelsea ended the season as champions.
The 26-year-old will hope to fire the Gunners to a higher finish in the table, but Kante will look to stop him in his tracks when the two sides meet.
Lacazette has been capped by France on 11 occasions, but he only has one international goal to his name so far.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club agrees terms for midfielder’s move.