A handful of current Premier League forwards are now nearing the 50-goal mark, but it was Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette who reached the landmark first among them by firing in his 49th and 50th goals for the Gunners in their 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Sunday.
Signed from Lyon in 2017 for a then-club record fee, Lacazette has generally been a bright spot for the Gunners in a few turbulent years of change and instability. Here we look back at some of the French striker’s finest Premier League moments after bringing up half a century of top flight goals.
Best Goals from Alexandre Lacazette in Premier League
First goal: Vs Leicester City (11th August 2017)
After swapping France for England in the summer of 2017 to sign for Arsenal, it took Lacazette just 90 seconds of his Premier League debut to net his first goal in the competition.
Midfielder Mohamed Elneny swung the ball in from the right, and Lacazette powered in an emphatic standing header from 10 yards out after Leicester defender Wes Morgan misjudged the flight of the ball. It was the first strike in a crazy seven goal thriller where Wenger’s Arsenal eventually ran out 4-3 winners on the opening day of the season.
50th goal: Vs Sheffield United (11th April 2021)
The current season hasn’t been a particularly happy one for Arsenal, but Lacazette is at least flying high with 13 league goals, and bagged number 50 against basement side Sheffield United as the Gunners ran out 3-0 winners.
Having already scored earlier in the game, Lacazette received a pinpoint through ball from Thomas Partey in the 85th minute and calmly slotted past Ramsdale into the far corner to seal a convincing win.
Best goal: Vs Tottenham Hotspur (12th July 2020)
In the summer of 2020, project restart meant the beginning of empty stadiums which fans have now become accustomed to, and also brought us our first empty North London Derby.
Lacazette got Arsenal off to a flying start, scoring arguably his best ever goal for the club. Picking the ball up 25 yards out, the striker sent a thunderbolt of a shot right into the top corner, giving goalkeeper Hugo Lloris no chance. However, the usual defensive errors came back to haunt Arsenal, who eventually crumbled and lost the match 2-1.
Most Important goal: Vs Tottenham Hotspur (2nd December 2018)
From a miserable North London Derby for Arsenal to a happy one, we go back to late 2018 when Arsenal locked horns with Spurs for the first time since Arsene Wenger departed after 22 years at the club.
Having been 2-1 down at half time, Arsenal rallied to an equaliser before Lacazette slid in the winner with a deflected shot from just outside the area. It was a massive moment for Arsenal early in the post-Wenger era, with the club securing a domineering win over their rivals and earning a huge three points in the process.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the North London side, who eventually finished outside the top four at the end of the season, but this still felt like a huge moment in Lacazette’s Arsenal career.
Most memorable goal: Vs Liverpool (3rd November 2018)
A month before his derby winner, Lacazette and Arsenal faced high-flying Liverpool, led by their iconic front three who threatened to tear the North London side apart.
With the Gunners trailing 1-0 with 10 minutes to go, Lacazette picked up the ball on the left hand side of the penalty area, followed closely by Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson. The striker checked back, and when everyone was expecting a pass, instead curled an effort past the out of position goalkeeper and into the far corner of the goal to salvage a draw for his team.
Over the years it has become one of Lacazette’s most replayed goals, and likely the one that he’ll be most remembered for once his time in England comes to an end.