Coquelin and Ozil on new team-mate Lacazette

Mesut Ozil and Francis Coquelin both believe that Alexandre Lacazette's clinical skills in front of goal is what make him such a valuable signing for the Gunners.

Coquelin, who featured along with Lacazette in the France team who won the 2010 U19 European Championship, is a long-time admirer of the 26-year old and spoke with the club's official website about their new €53m signing.

"I’ve known him for a very long time," the midfielder told Arsenal Player. "We played together for the youth national team so I know him very well. I’m really happy he’s come to the club. He’s a real asset and a goalscoring machine.

"He can do pretty much everything because he’s someone who likes to get on the ball too," Coquelin continued. "He likes to run in behind the defences that’s something he’s good at and, like I said, he’s a goalscorer. Even in Europe, it’s very difficult to find someone who can score 25 or 30 goals. If he can do that, it will be very special for the club and for the team.

"I’ve never seen someone coming on and scoring so many goals. I’ve seen him come on and score a hat-trick in 20 minutes. He shows that he doesn’t joke in front of the goal, he does the business and that’s what we need."

Ozil may not have spent any time on the same pitch as Lacazatte but this did not stop the German playmaker from expressing his delight over the signing and pledged his support in helping him carry his goalscoring form into England.

"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," Ozil said.

"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.

"I hope that he’ll be able to take us further with his goals. I’m sure he’s happy to be here and to be able to play with us, and we’re pleased to be able to assist him and help him to score as many goals as possible."

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