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Perhaps the heat was off Arsenal's star summer signing Alexandre Lacazette the moment he scored with virtually his first touch for the club in the opening match of the season against Leicester City.

And although the French international has not stopped scoring since, he has been denied the limelight by better-known rival Premier League goalscorers Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane, Sergio Agüero and Chelsea new boy Álvaro Morata.

But Arsène Wenger's £50million man from Lyon is happy in the shadows, showing just why his fellow French countryman had been pursuing his signature for so many years.

Even German playmaker Mesut Özil has been impressed by theFrenchman, backing him to emulate countryman and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema.

Wenger, quite rightly, is quietly satisfied with the start his star buy has made.

Reflecting on his match-winning display against a no-nonsense Tony Pulis West Bromwich Albion side back in September, Wenger said: “Not only is he a goalscorer, but his link-up play is good too.

“He can fight as well and is not fazed by physical challenges.

“He has adapted well, connects well with his team-mates technically and tactically. There is no problem at all.

“I think it's quite positive. Now he has to score away from home, but he was unlucky as well away to Stoke I must say.”

Arsenal are unbeaten in four all-competitions outings since their shock reverse at the hands of Watford two weeks ago, with Lacazette a scorer in the recent 5-2 win over Everton.

Arsenal's Welsh international Aaron Ramsey is clearly a fan, too.

The midfielder commented: “He is a fantastic player and has lovely touches on the ball.

“He knows where the back of the net is and we are delighted with his goalscoring form and we hope it can continue.”

Statistics, for what they are worth, would also indicate his form is no passing good fortune.

His seemingly nerveless spot-kick to seal the deal for Arsenal against West Brom not only marked Arsenal's 100th Premier League penalty, but his 21st in the past three seasons.

That run of goals 12 yards out is bettered only by Cristiano Ronaldo's 22 in Europe's top five leagues in the past three seasons.

There have been times in the past when Alexis Sánchez has demanded to take penalties, not always with positive results.

So, here was the potential for a Neymar-Cavani type showdown when the ref pointed to the spot against the Baggies.

But Wenger revealed afterwards he had already nipped that potential on-pitch rivalry in the bud before kick-off by making Lacazette Arsenal's penalty taker for the season.

Another sign he is preparing for life after Sánchez too?

And even Sánchez cannot match his new team-mate for his goalscoring regularity. No wonder he was dubbed the new Ian Wright when he arrived at the club.

They are different types of players, of course, but it is a wonder how fellow Arsenal hitman Olivier Giroud has kept him out of the starting French international line-up for so long.

Perhaps that will change as next summer's World Cup finals draw closer, but Wenger's system of starting with Giroud on the bench is working well, for now, for Arsenal.

And although Giroud scored a goal every 80 minutes with his 12 strikes last season, there is a feeling his younger compatriot is more lethal in front of goal.

As Özil said on hearing of Arsenal's transfer from Ligue 1: “From what I’ve heard, he’s meant to be very good, always hungry for goals and ice-cold when he gets into a scoring position.

“My friends who follow the French league know him well and have told me that I’ll definitely have fun with him on the pitch.”

Arsenal supporters will be hoping the fun has only just begun.


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