Arsenal have been eagerly trying to bring in a striker this summer, but Alexandre Lacazette does seem likely to end our hunt for one.
The Frenchman was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates this summer, following moves to sign Alvaro Morata and Jamie Vardy falling through, but Arsene Wenger is now claimed to be unwilling to pay the asking price to sign Lacazette.
Lyon are believed to be in want of £42 Million, and are in no rush to sell especially following their recent £21 Million sale of Samuel Umtiti to Barcelona.
The Frenchman scored 21 goals in his 34 Ligue outings this season, following on from scoring 27 in 33 appearances the year before.
He was a surprise exclusion from Didier Deschamps France international squad, but the manager will have little to complain about, having led his country to the final, which will take place on Sunday.
Olivier Giroud has been playing the first-choice role up front for his country, with Antoine Griezmann seemingly given a free role in behind him, but the striker has little competition at club level for the coming campaign.
Theo Walcott has struggled over the past eight months, and Danny Welbeck has been ruled out until at least February currently, leaving the France international with no natural rival to keep him up for the challenge.
Takuma Asano has joined the club in the past month, but at 21 years-of-age, it is not clear whether he will be expected to vie for a first-team role this season.
Should no main striker be persuaded to make the move to Arsenal, the Japanese international will likely be given a chance to back-up Giroud, but fans will no doubt be greatly frustrated with a failed transfer window, especially having looked close to landing a number of top strike targets.
Who else should we try and land this summer?
Rollercoaster that only goes down times…WORRY!!!
i’m curious…..how much did we even pay for Takuma Asano?
Give them £30m and Leicester £25m for Mahrez. Good business for everyone.I was really hoping we’d get Mkhitaryan to plug in that gaping hole on the RW but I guess Wenger was too slow or cheap..am not sure what kind of stats he’d have wanted to see inorder to sign Mhicky but having a hand in over 50 goals in the bundesliga is enough for me.
25 for mahrez- pfa player of the year for the league winners.
maybe double that son
miki went for 26 mill
22 goals and 32 assists in one season- ONE,
wenger will regret that, if mina raola wanted 10 mill or 15 in agent fees he should have paid
Yeah, just keep on adding to the list of regrets. Another player Wenger will drool on in future, saying how he kept an eye on the player and so on. Which eye is he using? Or is it another one of his “Wenger-Speak”s?
arsenals several years long striker hunt is the rollercoaster from final destiantion
O-G showed why we need class up front last night. He had 3 great chances 1 of them should have gone in. No pace he can only finish when he don’t think about it. If the France love him no sell him
This Asano signing is a bit fishy. Because of his age I think Wenger got him in just in case the exact same thing happens this season to what happened last season. If we do go into the season without signing a striker of note, and Giroud gets injured or plays dreadfully poor, before Danny returns, I’d be certain to see Asano given a shot. I wouldn’t be happy about it, not because I don’t think he deserves a shot, sure Iv never seen him in action. It’d be because Wenger would have lied to us. He is 21, same age as Bellerin, older than Iwobi, future might become near future.
zlatan scores double the goals lacazette scored last year.
hes free , lacazette is 42 mill
wont lie im not a lacazette fan, besides his positional sense he doesnt excel in anything chicharito would suit us better
If, and ONLY IF, cant get a quality striker – sign Daxler and let Sanchez play the France’s Greizman role.
There are plenty of strikers and goal scoring wingers out there
Yes some are very expensive and some may not want to come to us BUT there are plenty and there is NO excuse for Wenger to come out empty handed
Morata (is he worth the money?)
Cavani (not interested though)
Benzema (not interested)
lets ask everton if we can swap ox theo giroud wilshere and ramsey for lukaku and stones
For what ever reason Wenger has
not bought a top striker in 17 years.
Instead we have signed the likes of
Bendtner Park Chamakh Podolski
Eduardo Adeybayor Reyes RVP
Giroud Wellbeck Campbell Walcott Sanogo Asano.
And only RVP (for one season) approached
world class and then he left.
But top 4 has always been achieved so
maybe a top striker is not necessary?
For achieving top 4? Maybe not. For winning the league? Absolutely. Just ask Leicester.
Even Top 4 will be difficult this season. There are amazing managers at Chelsea, Manure, ManC, Liverpool. Even Spuds are also strengthen. Need a striker or Striker/winger and 1 CB at least to consider ourselves in top 4.
It’s more than 17 years. Only twice have Arsenal went out and bought proven top quality in their strikers. D Bergkamp and D Suker, the rest that became a hit, well they became a hit. Some might argue Kanu, not a prolific goalscorer, but his quality was already at a very high level. So we have a way of doing things, if we were a club that sought out the games top strikers, well then 17 years would sound shocking. Now though, I think it’s time we adapted.
We all know that Wenger is not going to spend big to bring in a striker. So of those relatively affordable, who would we want to see come in.
If we cant get the big boys, i really would want to see Daniel Sturridge coming in. I know he aint Lacazette or Benzema but i feel he will be a better long term investment coz i see him with 5 years under his belt, at least.
Anyone who agrees with me that we should consider moving in for Memphis Depay. He may not be a priority but i feel he is a good investment(his current club would work against him)
Finally, i know the last one people will disagree. If Walcott is allowed to play his game, he is the kind of player that flourishes. He is like Campbell, the more they play, the better they get. in my opinion.
Icardi, or Chicharito for me. Poachers who can finish, and create on their own… and won’t break the bank.