Former Gunner Alexander Hleb has poured cold water on record signing Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger broke the club’s transfer record to sign French striker Alex Lacazette from Lyon to the Emirates during the recently shut summer transfer window.
The France international striker cost the North Londoners an initial £46.5million, which could increase to a further £6.1million.
The Frenchman has made a bright start to life in the English Premier League, netting four goals in six matches.
But Alexander Hleb, who featured for the Emirate club between 2005 and 2008 League season, does not think he is any better than French compatriot Olivier Giroud.
Hleb said Wenger’s signings were good, like forward Alexandre Lacazette, but he can’t call it a ‘fantastic’ signing.
He confessed he is a fan of Olivier Giroud and don’t think the summer signing is a better striker than him Giroud. He admitted the two forwards are on the same level.
French Ligue 1 giant and big spenders Paris St-Germain broke the world transfer record in the summer by spending a whopping €222m on Brazilian Neymar Jr. and Alexander Hleb fears Arsene Wenger’s team are now unable to challenge other teams for the best players.
The former Arsenal winger admitted the game of football is now a crazy world. He said the market is crazy, and that there is so much cash involved nowadays.
The Gunners face Hleb’s former team BATE Borisov in the UEFA Europa League tonight.