ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE has revealed the reasons behind his return to Lyon, despite previously stating that he wanted to play in the Champions League.
The striker, 31, announced his departure from Arsenal earlier this week. He joined the Gunners from Lyon in 2017 for a fee of around £52million.
During his five-year spell at the club he made 206 appearances and registered 107 goal contributions. But he will now return to his former home following the expiry of his contract at the end of this month.
Lacazette previously admitted that he is eager to play in the Champions League, however, Lyon have not qualified for any European competitions this season.
Despite this, he has now reassured fans that it was the “best decision”.
During his unveiling as a Lyon player, he said: “Thank you for the welcome and the love shown in recent months.
“My return has become obvious in recent weeks. Even without Europe, the project is important. “I felt useful in the locker room and on the pitch. It was the best decision to make.
“I took some time to make my decision. Football is a beautiful profession.
“It was complicated to follow OL’s last season from a distance because I couldn’t help.
“I hope this period is over and that we are going to find a great Lyon.
“The priority is above all to help the club return to the top of the bill with European qualification.”
Arsenal are still searching for the Frenchman’s replacement, with Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus emerging as a priority target.