Alexandre Lacazette (French pronunciation: [alɛksɑ̃dʁ lakazɛt]; born 28 May 1991) is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Arsenal and the France national team. He is known for his pace, hold-up play, and work-rate. Lacazette plays mainly as a striker, but has also been deployed as a second striker, and wide forward.
Born in Lyon, Lacazette began his senior career at the city's largest club Olympique Lyonnais at age 19, after impressing as a member of the team's youth setup. He initially played as a winger, but was converted into a striker. This success led him to start for the side regularly by 2012, where, at age 21, he helped the club win a Coupe de France and a Trophée des Champions title.
During his time at the club, Lacazette developed into a regular goalscorer, becoming renowned for his prowess in front of goal, as well as his team-first mentality, gaining comparisons to Ian Wright by Gérard Houllier. Lacazette also helped the club make a return to the UEFA Champions League, and contributed heavily to Lyon's runner up finishes in Ligue 1 in the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons. In the case of the former, Lacazette recorded a league high 27 goals, and won the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award for his performances. Despite this, the club failed to win any additional trophies, and Lacazette began voicing his desire to leave.
After being honored in three Ligue 1 Team of the Year designations, as well as in an UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season, Lacazette was the subject of, at the time, a club-record transfer to English team Arsenal in 2017, when he moved from Lyon in a deal worth £46.5 million (€53 million). In England, Lacazette captured a FA Community Shield title in his debut season. In his second season, he was named the club's Player of the Season, and gained praise for his strike partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Lacazette made his debut for the senior side of the France national team in 2013, after he represented his nation across all youth levels. Lacazette was a key contributor in France's victory in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where he scored the match-winning goal in the final against Spain. He has since recorded three goals in fifteen additional appearances for the team.