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Arsenal legend likens striker Alexandre Lacazette to Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry


Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette may need some time to fit in Arsene Wenger's setup, defender Nigel Winterburn has said.

The Frenchman became the most expensive signing ever for the Gunners after joining from Lyon.

He is expected to take over from Olivier Giroud in the Arsenal offensive department and Winterburn has urged the fans to be patient with the 26-year-old.

The 53-year-old believes that the former Lyon man may need time to "produce his best" as it was the case with Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.

"Getting Lacazette shows that Arsene Wenger and the club mean business. That's why I am so excited," he is quoted as saying by Mirror.

"If Arsene believes he was worth that fee, then the player must have a real ­talent. And, as a frontman, he is the kind of player the fans love, if he is a success.

"He is the type who can light up the stadium.

"Lacazette comes to Arsenal with a record as a genuine threat after the goals he scored with Lyon.

"Hopefully, he will hit the ground running and get goals right away.

"That would be ideal. But it may also take time for him to produce his best.

"That was the case with Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.

"Dennis was a real hero for the fans and so was Thierry. If you had told me what Thierry would go on to achieve after his first season at the club, I would have been surprised.

"So, patience may need to be shown to Lacazette. But his arrival and the fee that was paid shows ­ambition."

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