Does it look certain that Arsenal will sell Lacazette this summer?

Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal as their biggest ever signing this summer, and it seemed that his arrival would destroy Olivier Giroud’s chances of going to the World Cup with France this summer, as Laca would be playing regular football at Oli’s expense, with Giroud relegated to Europa League and League Cup games.

But in fact Wenger has hardly trusted Lacazette, and despite scoring freely in his first half dozen games for the Gunners, Wenger didn’t let him play a full 90 minutes more than a couple of times, and then he went all out to buy Aubameyang in January who has left Lacazette in Giroud’s old position on the bench.

According to Steve Nicol, it looks like Wenger has already given up on the man who was extremely prolific for his last three seasons at Lyon. I think this is a no-brainer,” the Liverpool legend told ESPN FC.

“If you’re Lacazette, do you want to stay at Arsenal?

“You’ve never been given a chance, they bring in another player in Aubameyang, which pretty much tells you you have no future at Arsenal, absolutely.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival should spell the end of Lacazette’s Arsenal career, says Nicol
“Wenger never gave him a chance, he never started him in the big games at the start of the season. Come January, he buys Aubameyang and he’s sitting on the bench again.

“There’s no future for this guy at Arsenal and the only way for this guy to get on the field is by leaving Arsenal.

“Regardless of how long he’s been there, which is not long, he has to move.”

This looks very similar to the way that Wenger treated Lucas Perez, and a few other strikers in the past. Perez only lated one season before returning to Deportivo, will Lacazette be returning to France just as quickly?



  1. Drayton says:

    Absolute rubbish. Lacazette has not been in poor form, at worst average. His lack of goals might be down to the worst season in Wenger history, might be down to a shite team, might be down to a bum knee. But I’ve followed this guy for years. He’s a fighter and he will come roaring back. It’s unfair that we expected him to immediately lead the team while retaining Alexis who was an absolute cancer. (Man U will find out.) Steve Nicol is making these statements from Lacazette’s point of view. But trust me, Lacazette has zero intention of leaving and won’t be persuaded to. He’s a warrior in every sense of the word. More rubbish from the media.

    1. RichSAAlao says:

      Have Man U not yet found out ?

      1. Drayton says:

        A bit early to tell

    2. Jens says:

      yes. yes. yes.

      laca’s strike rate is about 4 times better this year than CR7’s (110 shots, 5 (or 6??) goals from open play in La Liga.

      And this is Laca at his weakest in a new league.

      Plus, every top 6 team needs 2 good strikers.

    3. RichSAAlao says:

      God bless your soul. Hope it comes out like you said it.
      I mean how so often will the team face this turnover of players so frequently.

  2. wenger says:

    Why would Wenger sell Laca? He has a habbit of holding on to players he loves even poor form. But Welbeck will probably leave

    1. gotanidea says:

      Because Lacazette often lost in the air, like our previous small strikers, Podolski and Perez. Wenger’s tactics need a taller striker like Aubameyang that can win more often in air duels

      1. Mobella says:

        Do you watch arsenal play at all?

      2. Sue says:

        Podolski isn’t small

        1. barryglik says:

          Indeed Sue 🙂

      3. ? says:

        How many times have arsenal put in a quality cross this season? Arsene doesn’t do crosses.

  3. gotanidea says:

    Arsenal’s treatments to Lacazette might indicate his fate at the end of this season. If Arsenal cannot use a small striker well (Lacazette, Podolski, Perez), they had better do not buy another one.

    If both Lacazette and Welbeck go, they would have to find a backup striker for Aubameyang. Maybe they would promote someone from their academy or look for a more versatile forward that can play in the wings as well.

  4. Mobella says:

    Definitely he is going. From a reliable source @meme..He called me last night to say he has had enough of Wenger treating like a reserve player. He regret coming to arsenal and can’t wait joining his best friend in Athletico.

    1. Phil says:

      His best friend at Atletico will be playing for Barcelona next season.
      Lacazette will not be going anywhere next season.He will be playing up top with Aubameyang under a new manager WHO WILL play to his strengths and WHO WILL get the best from him.

    2. Billy says:

      No need to worry @Kev = Resource will let us no soon enough.

  5. Dave says:

    Reliable source ?

  6. Sue says:

    I hope not…. I like him

  7. Izuchukwu Okosi says:

    Why not leave this Lacazette to leave Arsenal debate for good. How was the first season in the EPL for David De Gea and Luis Suarez??? What if Aubameyang breaks his legs, then you prefer Danny Welbeck to Alexandre Lacazette? Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, etc all have two or three quality front men, in our case, it seems we don’t want depth in quality. Please check Lacazette’s goal scoring record

  8. Izuchukwu Okosi says:

    Re: And just for good measure, if Wenger endured Sanogo, Diaby, Aliadere, Squilaci, etc, then what are we debating here???

    1. Alex says:

      It’s not the fans who want Lacazette out of the club. With a crazy manager at reign, some of us are just worried that our favourite player will leave that’s all. What issues do you have on that?

  9. GB says:

    I am really surprised that @admin has published a non-story like this. For a start who is Steve Nicol but a has been? We know full well Laca has not been 100% since his arrival and whilst not entirely happy at being taken off early, knows it’s for his own good and has admitted as much since his operation. He will be back soon, stronger and scoring goals, with Auba.

    1. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter says:

      You can say what you like about Steve Nicol, but calling him a “has been” is disrespectful. Many players would give their right arm for his success during his career. He has been very supportive of Lacazette in the media and his recent comments are the culmination of his criticism of Wenger’s treatment of Lacazette.

  10. ThirdManJW says:

    Wenger doesn’t play two upfront, and not even ManC, or Barca, would consistently leave a £50 million player on the bench, and consistently sub him, if they wanted to keep him.

  11. Marty says:

    What a crap article. These so called pundits like Steve Nichol have to say things which are controversial because it sells papers or gets people to look at the website they are spouting their rubbish on so that advertisers can reach the maximum exposure. Steve Nichol doesn’t know what Lacazette or Wenger is thinking and I’m sure either of them wouldn’t confide in him anyway…..

    1. Break-on-through says:

      I don’t think Steve’s that type of guy, he’s nothing like Merson Wrighty Keown etc. He is more like Lehman, hard nosed and old school. He says it like he sees it, he’s not always right but I do believe he gives an honest assessment.

  12. Break-on-through says:

    I think over the longer term Lacazette has the advantage. He can play a bit, good control and can bring players into play. Needs to up his game a few levels and constantly keep looking for holes to run into. His movement in the box reminds me of Suarez a wee bit, he likes to quietly pick up areas rather than just showing Arsenal players what run he likes over and over.

  13. Gooner Craig says:

    I want nothing more than for Laca and Auba to play together successfully and score a bunch of goals like we all know they are capable of… Can you imagine ?

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