Lacazette arrived at the Emirates last month from Lyon and has made a bright start to his Arsenal career, scoring within two minutes of his Premier League debut in the 4-3 win over Leicester City on Friday night.
The 26-year-old boasted an impressive record in France, scoring 100 goals in 203 Ligue 1 games, and was a real threat against Craig Shakespeare’s side at the Emirates.
Manchester United legend Neville insists the Frenchman is a real handful but suggests that tension could creep in between Arsenal’s record signing and Chilean superstar Sanchez.
‘In my first game as manager of Valencia Lacazette played for Lyon and he scored,’ Neville said on Sky Sports.
‘He was a massive threat on the counter attack, he’s been a goalscorer for a number of years, he’s scored 25-30 goals in the last four seasons.
‘There’s been some real success over the years with Arsenal bringing French players in, you look at Giroud and Anelka. It will be interesting to see how he beds into the team.
‘I suppose for Arsenal the big question is when Sanchez comes back, is he a replacement for Sanchez?
‘You can’t see Sanchez being too happy having played central last year, to then go out wide.
‘That will be interesting to see how it evolves over the next few weeks.’
While Sanchez has been heavily linked with a summer departure, Arsene Wenger has reiterated his stance that the 28-year-old will not be sold.
However, club legend Paul Merson believes the Gunners would accept an offer from Paris Saint-Germain ‘tomorrow’ if it meant not losing Sanchez to a direct rival.
‘Arsenal would let Sanchez go to PSG tomorrow,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘The biggest worry is Manchester City and that’s the problem.
Arsenal 2017/18 fixtures
Stoke City (A) – Sat 19 Aug
Liverpool (A) – Sun 27 Aug
Bournemouth (H) – Sat 9 Sep
Chelsea (A) – Sun 17 Sep
West Brom (H) – Mon 25 Sep
Brighton (H) – Sun 1 Oct
‘If he went to City there would be uproar from the Arsenal fans. They would look at it and ask why the club are selling him to a Premier League rival.
‘If he goes to PSG he’s out of sight, out of mind. He’s not going to come back and hurt you.
‘However, it’s the Man City situation that’s the concern and we’ve seen it all before with Robin van Persie’s move to Manchester United.’