I cannot help but have the feeling that the ‘release’ of the news about Manchester United having looked closely at the new Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette but passing up on the chance to sign him because of the scouting reports are a bit too convenient.
After all, we know that Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are not exactly the best of chums and the Portuguese has never passed up the opportunity to throw some shade the way of his rival, so you could see that this is just an attempt to take the gloss of what appears to be a great bit of transfer business for Wenger and Arsenal.
Another reason to believe this is that United have been trying and often failing to sign all sorts of players in recent years and I find it hard to see them not wanting a player with the proven ability and scoring record of Lacazette.
Having said all that, do we need to take a close look at what the reports are saying? The apparent doubts over Lacazette, reports The Guardian, concern his mentality, specifically his ability to perform at his best in big games when it really counts, and his ability to cope with the physical challenges of the Premier League.
Does the fact that the 26-year old only have 11 caps and a single goal for the France national team support these concerns? Only time will tell, of course, but I personally do not think so. Are you worried Gooners?