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Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (R) celebrates scoring the team’s third goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Oliver GREENWOOD / 

Alexandre Lacazette is dreaming of a fairytale ending to an otherwise difficult debut season at Arsenal by firing the Gunners to the Europa League final in his native Lyon next month.

Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal swept aside CSKA Moscow 4-1 in their quarter-final, first leg at the Emirates on Thursday night to take a huge step towards the semi-finals.

The French international has largely failed to live up to his £46.5 million ($65 million) club record price tag Arsenal paid for his services back in July.

After an underwhelming first half of the season, Lacazette’s troubles were compounded as Arsenal again broke their transfer record for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January to take his place as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice striker.

With Aubameyang cup-tied for the Europa League, Lacazette has his chance to shine in the competition that represents Arsenal’s last realistic shot at qualifying for next season’s Champions League should they win in Lyon on May 16.

However, Lacazette also missed out on victories over Ostersunds and AC Milan in previous rounds due to a knee injury that kept him sidelined for six weeks.

Lacazette returned to action in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Stoke, when Aubameyang even passed up the chance…



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