Alexandre Lacazette will leave Arsenal this summer, the club has confirmed.
The 31-year-old will leave north London when his contract ends on June 30. He is likely to go back to his old club Lyon on a free transfer.
Lacazette played for Arsenal for five years and scored 71 goals in 206 games.
Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City has been linked to a move to Arsenal, and now that Lacazette is leaving, Mikel Arteta has a spot open in his team.
Arteta praised Lacazette’s impact on the team before the French striker left.
Arteta said, “Laca has been a great player for us.”
“He has been a real leader on and off the field, and our younger players have learned a lot from him.
“He has worked very hard for us, and we wish him and his family success and happiness.”
Lacazette agreed that it was time to try something new.
Lacazette told Arsenal’s official club website, “I’m looking forward to a new experience and a new adventure.”
“I want to remember all the good times I had in the club because it was a joy for me to play for a team that I had dreamed of since I was a kid.
“I’m really glad I played for Arsenal for five years.
“I’ll stay in touch with my team members, coaches, and club.
“I’ve liked Arsenal since I was young, so it’s clear that I’ll keep liking them. I know I will also return to the stadium.”