French publication L’Equipe are claiming that Arsenal are set to force Alexandre Lacazette into a wide role with the impending arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month.
The Gunners are said to have an agreement in place with the BVB side for their star striker, and the deal will be completed once they land their replacement, who could be one of a number of options.
Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud were believed to be high on their wishlist, but Anthony Modeste is the latest name to pop-up as PEA’s potential replacement.
The Frenchman Modeste had been impressing for FC Koln prior to moving to China with Tianjin Quanjin, but is believed to be eager to return to the Bundesliga, and Dortmund are keen to give him the chance.
A deal for his replacement should see the BVB club release our target, and his arrival could well force Alexandre Lacazette to play out wide in order to accommodate the new signing.
French publication L’Equipe insist that the Frenchman won’t be able to be accommodated as a second striker, and will be forced to play wide of the Gabon international, but he will have to vie with Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a starting spot in the starting XI.
Lacazette only arrived last summer as our club record signing, but is now expected to lose his place as a regular starter after only five months in the side, with the French paper said to be insisting that it will be ‘impossible’ for him to keep his place in the starting line-up.
Will Arsenal be forced to bench Lacazette with the new arrival? Is there no possibility of a formation change?