Alexandre Lacazette remarkably managed to overcome a dozen wasp stings to score a stunner in a preseason win for Lyon.
The ex-Arsenal captain made the switch back to France this summer after his contract expired at the North London side and looks to have settled in straight away on his return to Lyon. However, despite appearing to come into his own on the pitch, off it he has suffered.
It was reported yesterday the striker had been stung 12 times in a vicious attack that left question marks over whether or not he would be available for the side's clash with Feyenoord. The incident is believed to have happened while the team trained in a forest in the Netherlands.
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Lacazette wasn't the only player to have been targeted by the wasps, with former Celtic and Fulham striker Moussa Dembele also reportedly attacked, although he was back in training on Thursday. Despite the doubts, Lacazette returned with a bang as he took aim from 30 yards out just past the half-hour mark in the match.
The ball whistled into the bottom left-hand corner, with Lacazette keeping the celebrations to a minimum as he put his side 1-0 up. Lyon doubled their lead through another ex-Gooner, with Jeff Reine-Adelaide finding the back of the net just before the break.
The friendly finished 2-0 as they concluded their trip to the Netherlands. If they ever visit again, Lacazette will surely pack his bee and wasp repellent.
After rejoining Lyon from the Gunners, the 31-year-old 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.
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"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."
Lyon finished eighth in Ligue 1 last term, missing out on European qualification for the second time in three seasons. Lacazette will be hoping to score the goals to fire the French side back to where they belong.
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