Posted on August 11, 2016 by ADMIN

Is Wenger saying Lacazette not good enough for Arsenal?

If Arsene Wenger is saying what I think he is saying, then I really hope that the old Arsenal adage of ‘Arsene Knows Best’ proves to be right this time and that the Gunners he already has available to him for the forward positions are good enough to fire us to the Premier League title.

As the Arsenal transfer rumours grow ever less confident about the boss securing the transfer of the France international star Alexandre Lacazette, Wenger is seen as being under increasing amounts of pressure to add some firepower to the team, after that area was seen as a major flaw in our title challenge last season.

As reported by The Telegraph, however, the Arsenal boss played down this pressure and declared one again that he would not be forced into spending big money on a player just for the sake of it, going on to suggest that unless the player in question was better than the likes of Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi then there was not much point in Arsenal signing them.

Wenger said, “I am enough under pressure, you don’t need to give me more. I take a distance from all that. I just try to analyse in a rational way what is the best decision for the team and the club.

“I know it’s more glamorous to buy a £50-60million player than to give a chance to a young player but in my job you have to just look at the quality and not so much the numbers surrounding a transfer.”

So is he really suggesting that the prolific striker from Lyon would not improve our first team and our chances of winning a major trophy this year? Really Arsene, really?

Bob.

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53 thoughts on “Is Wenger saying Lacazette not good enough for Arsenal?

  1. Shah of Arsenal

    I’ll probably get thumbed down for this but I completely agree, lacazette is nothing special and I’d pick Giroud over him anyday. No point buying for the sake of buying and I think lacazette would be exactly that. That being said… We do need a WC forward and I’m just not sure we have any options left.

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      1. muffdiver

        never rated him , but desperation dictates we make a fair offer …his true value plus a 25 percent premium…

        so when this 11.2 million offer goes in…happy days

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        1. Fatboy Gooney

          BREAKING NEWS! 😲

          Arsenal are about to sign Korean Striker:
          FU-KIN-NO-WON!
          He definitely ticks all of Wenger’s boxes! 😂

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    1. Yoe_its_Moe

      I am surprised we are not after Lukaku more aggresively … he fits wenger’s profile of being a young, exceptional, resell-able talent and adds a dimension we simply don’t have. He’s a proven 23 year old powerful fast proven PL striker available at a rumoured 60 million pounds. Factor in that Higuain just went for 75, that’s a bloody steal. My expectation is we will not get a CF, but I do pray for divine intervention to make something happen … ala the Ozil transfer. The excitement of that alone is enough to boost the players and fans emotions!! WE NEED IT!!

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      1. RedLondon

        We already tried relying on a physical hold-up player and it’s clear that Arsenal system requires a speedy, agile dribbler to play as a forward. I like Lukaku but he’s a type of player that relies on service and I’m not sure our style suits that kind of style. Imo, the RVP/Aguero type striker is what we need, a player that likes to dribble and take on the defence and create his own chances.

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        1. RedLondon

          That kind of striker may not be available but maybe Wenger can work his magic and find a talented goalscoring winger that has everything it takes to be moulded into a CF, like Draxler. And if we really have no options for forwards then get a +20 goal scoring winger like Mahrez, Bayern won the treble with no world class forward because they had two world class wingers to support in attack.

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          1. Fatboy Gooney

            I’m sure that I remember Lukaku dribbling through the whole of Chelsea defence when he scored against them … I think it was in the FA cup at goodison Park, last season? 😲

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          2. RSH

            Good point. But has Giroud even reached Mandzukic’s 2013 level? I mean, he regressed greatly last season by going half the campaign with no goals. It seems no matter how much quality service Giroud get’s his finishing will always be below acceptable for a club like Arsenal.

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        2. Yoe_its_Moe

          Lukaku and Giroud on the surface seem like the same type of player, but they are not at all. While Lukaku can hold up play and score headers, he has got pace and underated dribbling. He played against us 2 years ago on the wing, completely ran us off the pitch, remember last years FA cup goal vs chelski? again hes only 23 with lots of room for further development. With his speed, and willingness to run off the last defender, and our long range passing from ozil, cazorla, ramsey, el neny, even sanchez and belerin, i really see this as a perfect fit that will allow our wingers way more space to create more and score more.

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        3. Jim A

          Quite the contrary. The possession game we play most definitely requires a back towards goal target man. The ball can be played in then comes out. Side to side etc.

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          1. AidanGooner

            It’d be good to have variation in the squad to potentially have more scope to vary tactics.

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          2. RSH

            dont completely agree. It’s taken several seasons for Giroud to work in this system. Our style of play mostly resembles Man City’s I would say, and partly Barca’s, and both play with no target men. So I don’t see how having a target man with back to goal is a necessity, it’s just how we’ve been playing the past several seasons and it gotten to the point where the team knows how to utilize Giroud.

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        4. jonm

          Red London, there is no need to go for the RVP type, the real thing is available.

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      2. RSH

        Lukaku is good enough for Everton, not us. His all-around play is rather average, his record against the premier elite is not good. Small-track bully, even Giroud scores against the big teams now. We need a striker who steps up on big occasions. That is not Lukaku.

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    2. jonm

      French manager picked giroud over lacazette for euros so, on the face of it, he rates giroud more highly.

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  2. Arsenal_Girl

    Sometimes giving chances to players internally can pay off ie Bellerin and Coquelin

    But when it comes to goal scorers we need to look outside.
    Theo was given a golden opportunity last season but he and Giroud failed to deliver
    Theo is a winger, not a striker
    Neither are capable of scoring 25 goals per season like Ibrah, Aguero, Kane, Vardy

    We NEED to sign a Top goal scorer to have a chance at the Title

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  3. Twig

    Let’s convert Bellerin into a striker. He’ll give defenders nightmares!

    Bellerin
    Sanchez Ozil Walcott
    Xhaka Elnino
    Monreal Koscielny Mustafi Debuchy
    Cech

    😉

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    1. arsenalfan1

      The real question is: ‘Is Wenger good enough for Arsenal?’
      I think we all know the answer to that!

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      1. dee23

        Who is better for the job? Everybody is quick to point out the problem without any solution. Who is better for the job? Or rather who would you prefer to take over based on the available managers out there. Realistic possibilities, not Managers like Simione who would not be willing leave a team that is reaching champions league finals with players like Griezmann. Be carefully what you wish for some times better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know. The last thing we need is a last minute replacement manager brought in half way through the season and ending up a mid table club like Man U Under Moyes.

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    2. muffdiver

      @twig why stop at converting bellerin to cf…

      lets convert giroud to a cb
      ospina to muslim
      wilshere to a man who has functioning limbs
      and kelly brook to a woman that will return my calls

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  4. Vlad

    I’m totally agree with Mr. Wenger and others who are against buying just for the sake of buying, but at the same time we’re extremely thin in the striker department. Welbeck is out for god only knows how long. Theo is not a striker as he finally admitted himself. And Akpom… well, he’s just not ready yet. So if Giroud, who many on this and other boards don’t rate at all, goes down, we’re screwed. No, let me rephrase that. We’re TOTALLY screwed. For all of his shortcomings, he’s a good squad player capable of getting us 15-18 goals per season. Is Lacazette worth 50mil? Hell no… but there were so many different options that Wenger refused to look at, and chose to let other clubs have. How about Gameiro? Or Llorente? Or Chicharito, who I’m sure would love to be back in EPL. Yes, we would all love to have that player in the mold of Suarez, Lewandowski, Aubameyang, etc… But let’s get real here. None of them were coming to us in the first place. When it comes to attracting world class players, we’re just waiting in the wings to see if anything more or less decent falls into our lap by pure accident (ex. Ozil). But I repeat, we could have signed Bacca, or push for Icardi, or any other “fox in the box” type of player who would have been indispensable for us. At this point, all I’m hoping for is a miracle. My gut feeling tells me that we won’t get anyone, but I won’t give up hope until the last day of the transfer window.

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    1. rd_gunner

      I think Wenger is not buying a CF. The solution as I sense is that we are getting a winger instead and Move Sanchez upfront. Winger: mostly Mahrez/Draxler!

      Not sure how it will pan out but sanchez surely has the instinct. Can he be as deadly as Suarez?

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  5. LagosGunner

    Really Mr. Wenger, you can’t find any foward better than the likes of Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi. Really Wenger ReaLly?

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  6. Fatboy Gooney

    This Lacazette business is dead, So there’s no point in disturbing the dearly departed, A bit like the last time we one the premier league … It’s a ghost 👻🏆
    Anyways,
    The final two nails in that deals coffin was the player’s hip – injury and Lyon’s valuation jumped up to £60 million 😲

    I can’t belive how Wenger has mugged the fan’s off,again!
    No one is asking the delusional one to spend 50-60 million for the sake of it, ffs! 😲

    The question for wenger is: Tell us who our 20-30 goal a season striker is?… Since he claims that we have so many WC striker’s at the club.
    And while he is Errrrrring about the answer, that’s where the clubs money needed to be spent, Long before he signed Xhaka.

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    1. muffdiver

      ah man theres still time…
      to buy a burger..theres 2 for 1 at wimpy 🙂

      i really thought seeing his arch nemesis mourinho spend an take the mickey out of him would motivate him to act-

      can u imagine losing your milestone 1000th game as manager to your enemy 6-0
      probably worse day in his life

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      1. Fatboy Gooney

        I reckon that his worse day, is yet to come! 😂
        He won’t make it into the new year! 😉
        His Legacy will be undone by his own stubborn ways!
        My prediction: The outrage from the fan’s will lead to Wenger’s sacking! By January.

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  7. Arsenal_Girl

    Mahrez is following YaYa Sanogo on Twitter
    Does this mean that……….Sanogo is going to Leicester???

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    1. Fatboy Gooney

      No… 😂 It means that Mahrez is coming and Sanogo is going out on loan! … Wait… are you sure you have the right YaYa? 😲

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  8. LoCkAy

    Wenger said “Arsenal are title contenders even without signings”, so anything delusional and “spaced out” comments are allowed in this club… The ridicule and absurd is becoming a culture in this club!

    No one holds Wenger accountable, he says what he wants and does what he wants, and whatever he said some fans, not all thankfully, will just swallow it as “parole d’evangile”…!!

    Of course Lacazette is not good enough for Arsenal… So is Wilshere, Gibbs, Jenkinson, OX, Walcott, Mertesacker, Sanogo and we can go on… But what is Arsenal quality? I mean what is it?
    We are, well some are talking about Ozil and Sanchez being world class, yes they are, for Arsenal they surely are. Ozil was not needed at RM (sold and they won their 10 CL the following season), Sanchez was on the bench with the Blaugrana… So what is it?

    Wenger also said that, “A good season for Arsenal will mean a great Wilshere”, I mean, that is someone high or mentally affected talking… Wilshere? Really?
    When we have a fully fit squad he is not even near the first team sheet…!!

    Anyway, It seems that we might get Mustafi (CB), but still missing that “elusive” striker “so difficult to find” according to Wenger… But like he said, “we are still on the market” , like it means f*ck all at “Arsene football club”.

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  9. muffdiver

    this transfer window was more disappointing than the movie suicide squad.
    at least that ‘film’ had a good soundtrack,

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  10. LoCkAy

    Wenger said “Arsenal are title contenders even without signings”, so anything delusional and “spaced out” comments are allowed in this club… The ridicule and absurd is becoming a culture in this club!

    No one holds Wenger accountable, he says what he wants and does what he wants, and whatever he said some fans, not all thankfully, will just swallow it as “parole d’evangile”…!!

    Of course Lacazette is not good enough for Arsenal… So is Wilshere, Gibbs, Jenkinson, OX, Walcott, Mertesacker, Sanogo and we can go on… But what is Arsenal quality? I mean what is it?
    We are, well some are talking about Ozil and Sanchez being world class, yes they are, for Arsenal they surely are. Ozil was not needed at RM (sold and they won their 10 CL the following season), Sanchez was on the bench with the Blaugrana… So what is it?

    Wenger also said that, “A good season for Arsenal will mean a great Wilshere”, I mean, that is someone high or mentally affected talking… Wilshere? Really?
    When we have a fully fit squad he is not even near the first team sheet…!!

    Anyway, It seems that we might get Mustafi (CB), but still missing that “elusive” striker “so difficult to find” according to Wenger… But like he said, “we are still on the market” , like it means something at all at “Arsene football club”.

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  11. LoCkAy

    According to German newspapers Bild, Die Welt and Abendzeitung, we are linked and in talks with Mustafi, Robert Lewandowski and Riyad Mahrez representatives… I think it is a bit much… But I am a bit surprise those 3 newspapers have reported the same informations…!!

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    1. muffdiver

      ok this is how the conversation went..

      arsene ..’hey robbo hows munich?’
      lewandowski …’erm whos this?’
      ‘its me arsene’
      ‘na, dont know an arsene’
      ‘ARSENE , COME ON ROBBO, ARSENE WENGER’
      ‘…mate whoever u are my names Robert’
      ‘im the arsenal football club manager’
      ‘…wispers to ribery (..5-1..lol)..yeah hey arsene i remember’
      ‘as u know we need a strike..HELLO?!..HELLO???

      arsene redials…..”the number you dialled has not been recognised, please check an try again..”

      arsene goes back to reading FHM

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      1. FredupG

        More like goes back to watching his favourite sporting event the Olympics after reminding himself that “it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts”.

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      2. Juhislihis McLovin

        Surely the conversation was over way before reaching Lewa..

        Arsene: Bonjour bonjour
        Rummenigge: Hallo! Who’z diz?
        Arsene: It is Monsieur Wenger from le Arsene Football Club
        Rummenigge: Ja ja state your businezz, schnell schnell!
        Arsene: Ermm, look. Robert Lewandowski, I offer errmm le £7 millions, un pound, Monsieur Cohesion and en Yaya Sanogo.
        Rummenigge: Was ist ein Sanogo?!
        Arsene: Ermm well he’s like a new signing! So deal, yes no yes? Herrn Cohesion ticks all the boxes. So how about that Robert’s number? He would make le great áddition to our midfield.
        Rummenigge: No wonder we occupied your country, twice, without firing a single shot. You lot just plain delusional. *hangs up*

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    2. Fatboy Gooney

      If Wenger sign’s them 3 player’s, I would promise that I would join Piers Morgan in never saying a bad word towards Wenger, again! 😂😂

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      1. jonm

        FG, do not worry, at the end of the transfer window you will still be able to say bad words about wenger,

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  12. RSH

    Lacazette was available for cheaper earlier in the window. Now he’s 60mill. Arsenal again wasted so much time, made laughable bids and lost out. Just another typical summer. We will NEVER win EPL title with Giroud as our No 9. This is a cold hard fact. Prepare for more disappointment.

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    1. jonm

      All we know is that arsenal offered £29m for lacazette and lyon rejected the offer and said they wanted to keep the player. All other reports that lyon want £40m or £60m is just media speculation and hype, designed to wind us up and sell advertising. Have the media explained why the price goes up after the player is injured. Perhaps the price has gone up because an injured player more closely fits our typical player profile.

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  13. Fatboy Gooney

    Hahaha 😂 an old uk garage tune, keeps going through my mind during this transfer window

    Bump for the Bump Bump, for the reload,
    ‘Mr wen-ger’ give it up Reload! 😲

    No moreeeeee Groundhog dayzzzzz!….. Please! 😩

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    1. muffdiver

      never had you for an old skool garage head- respect fb

      admittedly so solid crew are trash but the older ukg stuff is gold

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      1. Fatboy Gooney

        I Totally agree with you mate.👍

        I used to be right into the music, back in the day, when I lived in London, had one of those computer based studios.
        You’ve probably heard of the software called ‘ Reason’ ?
        I bought that when it first came out … I think 9 or 10 is probably out now 😲 thats how long ago it was 😂it was Great hobby, to be making your beats, baselines and melodie and building your own tracks, So if your still debating on getting yourself one of those setups for making your own tracks? Then Go for it mate, because I totally regret leaving it all behind.

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        1. muffdiver

          ableton live fb incredible software .
          logic an cubase seemed overly complicated

          its all done live on the fly. have a beat up an going in 10 mins. its kinda why i can laugh at all the arsenal stuff.
          .i can vent in the beats an the missus can destress.

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  14. Just another gooner

    Ino this asano guy is coming from the j league but I watched his videos and watch him play for Japan and I see a world class striker in him he’s has that alexis Suarez aguero type hunger and directness tbh I feel he is the striker we needed

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  15. Just another gooner

    And let’s all be true to our selves we are not getting none of the world class strikers out there look at the teams they are at and what can we offer them that the teams they’re at haven’t given them already and I don’t see the point in getting a striker that’s not better than the striker we have already ,morata lacazette ….. None of them are better than giroud people forget giroud distoryed the French league single handed at a team inferior to Lyon. you think Griezmann will leave athletico to join us?? No chance ,only auba at Dortmund is left and he closed the doors on us months ago and wants a Spain move

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  16. de Sancta

    Pls which club is linked to Giroud? Same old Arsenal & Arsene. We only buy “benched players”, players who are desperate to leave their clubs, & young players (those are the player le Prof buys). Why can’t Wenger do a Suarez? He had the chance to sign Suarez, he added 1mil & LFC felt insulted. How much did Barca later bought him, & are they enjoying the money spent on him or was it a waste?
    If CFC wants Mahrez, you’ll see it done. Our pricing is mostly annoying. Our on loan keeper Scz tried to lure his compatriot Lewan to Arsenal. But he neglected us & joined Bayern. If Arsenal finished 10th, do you ever think Kante would ever think of joining us? Letz be frank for once. Wenger lifted Arsenal to a world class club height, & has brought us down. He is now just too money minded. Beside this fact, Wenger is a god coach/manager.
    Break your banks and lure Lewan to Emirates, I bet you, Ozil would pen to paper.
    STOP making us look like mediocre plssssssssss

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