Lacazette has agreed to a three-year contract with Lyon, and his arrival is a coup for the French club, which finished ninth in Ligue 1 this season and will not compete in Europe next season.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website before his exit, the striker – who won the FA Cup with the Gunners in 2020 – said: “I want to keep all the good moments I had in the club, because for me it was just a pleasure to play for a club that, since I was young, I dreamt of. I’m really happy to have played for five years for Arsenal.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta added: “Laca has been a fantastic player for us. He’s been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence to our younger players.
“There’s a board at the stadium with all the winners’ names on, and in my first season I told my dad that one day I would be on it. So I’m really proud I made it.”
The striker’s contract at the Emirates Stadium was about to expire at the end of the month, so he’s returned to the club where he started his career before joining Arsenal in 2017.
The 31-year-old made his name at Lyon, where he scored 129 times, after coming through the academy at the French club. Since moving to north London five years ago, Lacazette scored 71 times in 206 games for Arsenal but the 31-year-old managed just six goals last term and both him and Arsenal decided to go their separate ways.
“His commitment with us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family success and happiness.”