Lacazette? Could Arsenal make a massive profit this summer by promoting kids?

There seems to be a new crazy Arsenal transfer rumour every single day, and today’s is that Alexandre Lacazette could be sold to fund our transfer chest this summer. It is true that the Frenchman rarely plays a full game, and the sending off against BATE last week has highlighted the fact that Emery may be worried that Laca is a bit hot-headed to stat on the field for the frenzied last 20 minutes of a game. But to sell such a brilliant striker is very unlikely in my mind especially considering the price of replacements. Could Emery be thinking of promoting Nketiah?

We already know that Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck, Jenkinson and Lichtsteiner are all out of contract, although Monreal has been granted an extension for a year. It is still totally unknown if Suarez will make his mark in the next few months, but the odds are he will be returning to Barcelona in the summer.

So far the ridiculous rumours have given us reason to believe that Guendouzi, Ozil and now Lacazette could be sold to add to our funds and reduce our wage bill.

Now I’m not going to say anything is impossible, given the cost-cutting exercises going on at the club, but I certainly don’t believe that Arsenal will be buying that amount of replacements in one window.

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So I am going to stick my neck out, and suggest that we will be seeing a lot of our youngsters promoted to the first team squad next season. It will save us fortunes in transfer fees, and probably even more in wages, and we could yet again end up making a big profit in the summer.

It will certainly make the next campaign interesting as we see whether our youngsters will sink or swim, but I don’t think the fans will be very happy this summer…

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Updated: February 20, 2019 — 8:40 am

31 Comments

  1. We will be promoting a lot of youngsters with high potentials this summer because they are good. Reiss Nelson(U21),Edward Nketiah(U21),Bukayo Saka(U21),Emile Smith Rowe(U21) will enter 1st team squad. We also need to trim our wage bill which is ridiculously high compared to the talent level available. our wage bill is close to the like of man city, liverpool or man utd while nowhere near them on talent or potential level.

    But that gives the board to reason not to invest the squad which is urgently needed. we have already started to trim the wage bill over the last few years.

    1. Spot-on on the discrepancy between the high wage bill and the lower player quality

      Arsenal would be forced to promote some of their youngsters due to their self-acclaimed “weak financial power”, but I reckon only Nelson and Maitland-Niles stand out from the others

      Selling Lacazette is a possibility due to his goal tally, but I bet they would only sell him after getting a younger one to be Aubameyang’s competitor

    2. *But that gives the board NO reason

  2. In our present pathetic situation, performances and results, I don’t understand the essence of selling experience proven and effective players. We need more professional experience players and not reduce our professionals anymore. Results and performances are worse as we speak.

  3. If you think, we’ll promote Nelson, Saka, Nketiah and Smith Rowe to the first team after selling our players then we’ll have a strong team, you must be very delusional.
    These boys have the talent no doubt, only two should get into that first eleven while the other two should fight.
    We still need to sign world class players

  4. Rumour and speculation,two of the prime flagstones of the Press and Media , intent on creating hype to stir the imagination of readers, viewers and listeners.Where would we be without R and S?The sheer folly of selling one of the best strikers in the Premier League to pave the way for some of our very promising youngsters is beyond belief, even for a Club which is currently strapped for cash..To stir up matters however I will respond by suggesting we sell Auba before Laca, as in my view, the latter is the better all round player and of course he is some 3 years younger.I await a verbal attack from Auba lovers.

    1. I agree, if we have to sell between auba and lacazette, auba is the one. I love aubameyang but i was surprised we signed him immediately after signing lacazette especially when you consider that wenger hardly plays with two strikers. At the time, we needed a wingers, a defensive midfielder and defenders. I do hope we don’t have to sell either though.

      1. Aubameyang is the higher pedigree, I really like Lacazette and doubt very much we would sell him, but Auba is a cut above him. Lacazette, I don’t like talking against players I like, but he is not as good at holding onto the ball and bringing others into play, as some seem to believe. Giroud was excellent at it, Lacazette is very poor at it compared to players who are good at it. So his striking abilities, how dangerous a player he is, I’m sorry but compared to Auba there is a clear winner and he showed that straight off that bat after arriving. He’s a top top striker, Lacazette too is quality though.

        1. you got it the other way around for sure BOT, this season alone proves it, to my surprise at 5,9 quite good at link up play and holding the ball, i’m with grandad on this.

          we should sell auba at the end of the season, prize asset but if we could recoup what we got for him and hope for an extra million or more we would be labeled as shrewd, i know ruthless but in the correct way!

          in this particular circumstance sell whilst the stock is high, basically this is the scenario i want to see:

          Raul travels to china with the gang…hola china do you want to do some business? shirt sales alone china, cmon you would love him he’s batman, oscar who, this is Auba!!!! just close your eyes and imagine those comercials…noddles, nike, pepsi, mc donalds , health awarness, anti-racism, some start-up thing, etc… just imagine the hype that he will bring to the league always smillng top scorer for sure, win win situation there mr. chairman, so please forget all about marko this is a PL top scorer! so now please fork out 70 mil 🙂

          ps:i’m sorry i’m finishing this vision of a deluded gooner supporter, it’s late evening Raul gets a call back after a succesful negotiation with SIPG/Evergrande/Suning/etc.. hola it’s raul again, i knew you would be happy with it all, do you want the cherry on the cake i just gave you? do you want the dictator? no not the movie or a picture of mao i’m talking the best passer of the game, the eyes that see all, the german bulldog like we refer to him here at arsenal…you know what we are friends mr chairman discout 50 mil just for you, and also a win/win they love him everywhere, you think arsenal cars ran on normal petrol, no mr chairman they ran on mezout!!! i want 50 million he whispers, drops mobile moonwalks out of the room, a month later raul secretly donates to justarsenal for solving his fiscal problems, sal gets 50 % 🙂

  5. The only time that Arsenal have ever sold their best players in their prime is when they have wanted to leave. Why on earth would Arsenal even remotely consider selling Guendouzi and Lacazette?

  6. Ramsey 110k
    Welbeck 70k
    Cech 100k
    Lichsteiner 90k

    These 4 players are GUARANTEED to leave already. They release almost 400k in weekly wages even before we’ve sold anyone. I don’t know but wage wise 370k goes a long way considering that Torreira is on 50-60k and Guendouzi something similar, if not less.

    1. You left out Ozil, Mustafi, Xhaka, Kozy, Nacho. And when people here start talking about promoting kids who are not ready it’s a disaster – Wenger tried that few times in the past and when we played Chelsea you could see how Senderos and co were struggling against Drogba

  7. why not sell the seats at the emirate ….the goal post…..the score board etc….better still we can sell the whole emirate stadium….that will release more funds…the way people talk about releasing funds here you will actually think they want to flirt with relegation and see how the likes of bornemouth Southampton etc feels ..if you want to see the youngster play why don’t you go and watch premier league 2…. this is serious business in the premier league not something you take for granted or else you may never get to recover from turning to a mid table or relegation fighting team….just see how we missed the top 4 once in 22 years and since then it’s been elusive…..

    1. 👍👍👍 also everyone talks about Nketiah like he’s Ronaldinho he scored 2 league cup goals well over a year ago, been given some first team games and has looked completely out of his depth since but apparently he’s already world class.

  8. Lacazette, Ozil, and Ramsey all leaving in the same window… No chance. Only Nketiah is a youth striker anyways. Saka plays out wide, same with Nelson. Laca doesn’t need to be sacrificed for them. Not to mention Nketiah hasn’t exactly been taking his chances when he does play. A lot of young players tear up the youth leagues and can’t cut it when in the first team. Nketiah hasn’t shown yet he can make it, so letting Laca go for him would be madness

    1. I’m amazed that almost everybody doesn’t see it that way, that’s the way I see it too. You would need a miracle to happen, if we throw all those youngsters in, and we also meet the expectations from supporters.

      Mavro, Nketiah, Nelson, Smith, Saka – We’ll be lucky if Nelson is ready never mind all the others too, if talking about first team starts.

  9. Lacazette and Guendouzi NO
    Ozil YES

      1. Even though you both want him gone, the fact remains that he is easily one of the very best players at our disposal right now. This is not in dispute.

        1. Oh yes it is pal. I dispute it, for one. And so do many others on here. Just read their comments before writing such tosh. “Best players” are regularly effective. Ozil is bone idle so does not get picked. Simple as that.

          1. Pls this is long, but pls take time to read it

            I think it’s somehow (I’m using the word somehow cos I don’t want to use an abusive word) when you prefer your chief chance creator to be someone that can mark, other than someone that can create.

            The other people some people mention here as being better than ozil don’t have good enough stats as him. When he created his 500th goal scoring chance against Cardiff, only eriksen, who had played some more matches, had created more chances(510),He’s the fastest player to reach 50 premier league assists, even better than Eric cantona. And all that nonsense about most of the assists being from set pieces, the season he had 19 assists, I checked the video on YouTube myself only about 5 or 6 were set pieces.

            He’s lazy, yes, he doesn’t fight, yes, he can’t defend, yes, but take it or leave it, Mesut Ozil’s one of the best chance creators in the world and stats actually show that he does this better than the players some people mention as being better.

            Now, If these players can’t do their primary job of chance creation as well as ozil does it, why should we complain if ozil can’t do the secondary job of marking as well as they do it?
            The fact that he’s on a huge sum doesn’t mean he should start doing every job on the field, he was given that money cos of his creativity not cos he could defend, if you now expect him to put more effort into defending cos he earns more, that should be cos he wants to, not cos someone thinks he should.

  10. “Could Arsenal make a massive profit by selling Lacazette” the article asks. Depoends what you mean by “ARSENAL”. I n most clubs and in our own befoe Kroenke , we ALL knew exactly what “Arsenal ” meant. Now, in practise, Arsenals money means Kroenkes money, when it is incoming money. When it is outgoing money it is derived directly or indirectly by us lot on here and worldwide, esp those who attend each week and but merchandise. Friends, I suggest that what I have said , you all know in your heart is the bitter truth.

    So to answer the articles question, the answer is NO. Because selling Lacazette will devalue Kroenkes club asset value. No other reason though, as we might have hoped. Such as it would weaken the team. All the creature from Hell cares about is his own pocket. He is our mortal enemy and we need him out. Just as sooner or later the world will wake up to the climate change catastrophe that is steadily destroying our planet and will destroy us too, mass action will ONLY be taken to remove Kroenke when those who choose to wear blindfolds start to remove them.

    1. I paraphrased the articles precise headline, in order to hit on the precise truth behind that question.

    2. “mass action will ONLY be taken to remove Kroenke when those who choose to wear blindfolds start to remove them.”

      A lot of people already see it Jon, they seen it while you was pointing at Wenger, funny that…

  11. Laca had better not be going anywhere

  12. Since saving and making money from within is the issue now, I’m of the opinion that any or all of Laca and Auba be sold if they are willing to go, and that clubs are willing to pay huge money for them. We can get one or two cheaper alternative for them or we should promote our youngsters.

    Our academy players are not so bad – all they need is a good manager and a run of games. We tend to allow our young players languish in the academy while we purchase other clubs’ who are not so better than ours; this has to stop. Right now we have a bunch of them that are really really good for the first team. It cannot be worse than it is already.

    Emery should not have any excuses whatsoever to give from next season.

  13. So we’re reportedly up for selling Laca and buying players like Banega and Nzonzi in the summer?
    People happy with this?
    Wenger got players like Ozil, Alexis, Laca… Sven got Auba. Emery gets Banega….

    Stoke City, here we come! Disgusting!!

  14. I am ok to sell Laca if we get enormous prize in a region of 80 to 90 Million. but nothing less than that, get Kalidou Koulibaly with that money if he is ready to join. Since the owners are not going to give us money to spend, we can not afford to have the luxury of 2 WC strikers and nothing in wings and defense. I would renew Welbeck Contract and sell Laca: 90 Million
    Sell Ozil: 20 Million
    Sell Guandozi: 60 Million (we have Chambers as his replacement who has done well at Fulhum)
    Ospina: 4 Million
    Elemny: 4 million
    Total Close : 180 Million
    Plus 40 Million the club will give. So total: 220 Million

    Buy: Kalidou Koulibaly: 80 Million.
    Keylor Navas: 15 Million
    Right Back: 20 Million
    Left Back 20 Million

    Now we still would have 60 million to Spend . But 2 position left a Winger and a CM to fill Void left by Ozil. (One of the winger could be Nelson). if the board sanction another 40 million, then we are up to it.

  15. Add Makheterian for another 20 million

  16. Of course this is hopefully nonsense. To sell your best players when you have the most ordinary team is suicide. We have a lot of players who are just about mid-table standard. Xhaka, AMN, Iwobi, Mustafi, Jenkinson, Lichtsteiner, Kolasinac (as a defender), Elneny, Mkhitaryan are all bog standard players. Sad to see Arsenal scapegoat Ozil and Ramsey. The only real class we have are treated with anger and contempt because they want more or earn more. We are where we are……PLAY Ozil. He’s not the devil. Let him get his confidence back. Anyone would struggle and lose it when they are treated as if they are the disease.
    So the real Satan to Arsenal is Satan Kroenke, the man who has changed our game. Yes we are now a ‘Business’. I hear the masses say, ‘Business is business’. A kind of excuse not to have love, have passion, and want to win, the League, Europe, the Cups. ‘Business is Business’ excuses heartless behaviour. Why should we not want a heart led owner? We are a big city club. Big modern stadium, in the heart of London. Why should Paris have it, Manchester have it? Why can’t we have it. How come Chelsea had a wealthy heart led owner, how do we get a portfolio owner? Kroenke is poison to this club and it’s supporters. (Mikdemma of the P.I.T.A, stay out this). In reality it is up to the supporters who can decide whether Satan Kroenke stays or goes. Make his ownership impossible. He has the money (borrowed),we have the numbers. We need a revolution against the man. Legally he owns the club, morally he is a worm. Study his American enterprises. He is hated in America. We need to get one voice. “KROENKE OUT”, and make it come true.

  17. If it is true we only have 40 million for this summer’s transfer market you have to ask yourself does it make sense to have 2 top of the drawer strikers and no wingers?

    If we can sell one of our two strikers to replace him with an equally top quality winger or creative midfielder, sadly, we should consider this. However, given Laca’s age, I would prefer to sell Auba although he might not fetch as much.

    To me, it never made sense for a club financially constraint as we are to spend as much as we did on two players that hardly play together and both strive in the central striker spot.

    If we can get 75 or 100 for Laca or Auba we might be forced to if we want to improve other positions.



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