14 Aug, 21:00
Gunners’ striker Alexandre Lacazette has Arsenal fans reminiscing of club legend Ian Wright as the record signing was at the centre-stage of a dramatic debut victory over Leicester City on Friday night.
Flashback - September 25, 1991; a day Ian Wright will remember well. Edge of the area. Right foot. Bang. Goal. Wright scores on his Arsenal debut in a League Cup tie against Leicester City at Filbert Street.
What followed during Wright's eight years in north London is formidable.
Fast forward 26 years and the similarities are hard to ignore. August 11, 2017, a day Alexandre Lacazette will never forget. Mohamed Elneny cross. Header. Bang. Lacazette scores on his Arsenal debut. Brilliant stuff. But that isn't where the resemblance stops.
Arsenal have spent five years searching for the ‘next Robin van Persie’.
But in Alexandre Lacazette they look to have found the new Ian Wright. Arsene Wenger will certainly settle for that, and there were enough indicators to suggest Lacazette can write himself in the Arsenal history books.
Despite his 5ft 9in stature, Wright scored his fair share of headed goals; finding space in between defenders to make light of height disadvantage.
Lacazette, also 5ft 9in, didn't even leave the ground to direct a perfectly timed header past Kasper Schmeichel, a matter of right place, right time. It's a knack Wright mastered during his career.
On this evidence, Lacazette looks to have a similar aptitude for where to position himself in the penalty area. It was, of course, the perfect start for Lacazette.
A £52m price tag can weigh heavily on a striker's mind. Here he is, the answer to Arsenal's central striker conundrum over the years, an solution they've been searching for since Van Persie's acrimonious exit to Manchester United in 2012.
But it wasn't just his goal that had the fans reminiscing of Wright. His energy, just like Wright, was infectious. Closing down, harrying defenders; a menace - just like his predecessor.
However, one thing he hasn't mastered quite as well as Wright is his goal celebration. Arms outstretched to the side, Lacazette simply stood on the very spot he headed Arsenal ahead to accept the adulation of his new team-mates and supporters.
Not quite the exuberant levels set by Wright - who scored 185 goals for Arsenal - during the 1990s.
But if Arsenal supporters get to see that reserved celebration another 184 times, they won't hold it against him.