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Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette explains why he does not want to be the next Thierry Henry

Arsenal’s club record signing Alexandre Lacazette has explained that he does not want to be compared to the legendary Thierry Henry as he is aiming to forge his own identity for the Gunners.

Arsenal fans have been crying out for manager Arsene Wenger to invest on a top quality striker in recent years and their wish has finally been granted during the current transfer window as the Gunners splashed the cash to acquire the services of Alexandre Lacazette.

It is believed that Arsenal paid a club record fee of around £52million in order to sign Lacazette from Lyon and given such a huge price tag, it is understandable for the fans of the North London side to expect big things from the French international.

Arguably Arsenal’s greatest ever player was a lethal French striker in Thierry Henry and naturally, Lacazette has immediately been compared to the legendary Gunner.

Now the 26-year-old has gone on to speak about the comparisons with Henry and has stated that while he was a huge fan of the World Cup winner growing up, he does not want to be pitted with the icon of the club due to the fact that he would like to write his own story in the red half of North London.

He told BT Sport, “I’ve liked this club since I was a child. They play good football with a lot of movement and short passes. They have good players who are experienced and they can help me progress.

“When I was younger I was a big fan of Thierry [Henry]. But growing up I understood that every player is different and that I shouldn’t try to imitate anyone as everybody has their own story. I just want to write my own story, I don’t want to be compared to him.”

Lacazette has already made a bright start to life at Arsenal with promising performances during pre-season and the prolific striker lifted his first silverware with the Gunners by helping them claim a penalties victory over rivals Chelsea in the FA Community Shield at Wembely on Sunday afternoon.

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