Arsenal legend Robert Pires warns fans over Alexandre Lacazette expectations

Kante expects Lacazette to be a ‘good addition’ to Arsenal’s attack

Kante expects Lacazette to be a ‘good addition’ to Arsenal’s attack

Arsenal legend Robert Pires says Alexandre Lacazette will need to adjust to Premier League football.

But Pires, who enjoyed a decorated six-year spell at Arsenal from 2000 to 2006, believes the 26-year-old could find it as hard as he did to make the transition to England's top flight.

"Because I came from France, it was heavy and that is why it is hard in the Premier League", Pires said, as quoted by the Mirror.

The Brazil global is set to face Lacazette for the first time in a Chelsea shirt today (July 22), when the Blues play Arsenal in a pre-season friendly at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing and Luiz was talking to the media ahead of the much-anticipated friendly. Of course it will be very hard in the beginning because when you play in France and move to England it is not the same, it is very aggressive.

"To make the adaption, to find the rhythm and the tempo, for me it took six or seven months".

'Maybe he will need time for the adaptation but everyone around him is very important, especially the French connection. It was very tough.

But former France global Pires - who also made the direct move from Ligue 1 to the Premier League - believes it will take time for Lacazette to get used to English football.

N'Golo Kante: I know him from the national team and from what he did in the French league, He is a very good player who has scored more than 20 goals every season for the last few seasons in Ligue 1. I remember one tackle from Patrick Vieira and I thought this football wasn't for me.

"It was very hard and it is about adaptation".

Like fellow Frenchman Lacazette, who manager Arsene Wenger recently signed from Lyon, Pires spent his entire playing career in France before joining Arsenal. "If you play in France, Spain or Italy it is not the same football".

"I love Lemar. He played very well last season with Monaco in the Champions League".

"He is a young player with good technique, a good left foot, he can do a good cross and score good goals".

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