ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE has completed his return to Lyon after being released by Arsenal as a free agent.
On Wednesday, the French striker, 31, underwent a medical with his former club.
Details of his new contract will be confirmed at a press conference on Thursday.
Lacazette – a 16-cap former France international – spent five years at the Emirates following a £52million move from Lyon in 2017.
During his time in England he scored 71 goals in 206 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Lacazette was part of Arsenal's 2020 FA Cup-winning team and the side that got to the Europa League final in 2019.
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He took over the captain’s armband when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fell out of favour with manager Mikel Arteta last December.
But he couldn’t even make Arsenal’s starting line-up for their final eight games of the season – with Eddie Nketiah preferred.
Few Arsenal fans will be too sorry to see the back of the £200,000-a-week striker.
Lacazette managed just four Premier League goals last season, two of which were scored from the penalty spot.
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The ex-France man was the club’s highest earner and becomes the latest big-name signing allowed to leave Arsenal for nothing.
He follows the likes of Mesut Ozil, David Luiz, Willian and Aubameyang in quitting for free in the past 18 months alone.
Arsenal are now expected to confirm Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard as their new captain.
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