Should Arsenal cash in on Lacazette in January if Man City make an offer?

Manchester City interested in Arsenal man

Manchester City are believed to be tracking Arsenal center-forward Alexander Lacazette ahead of the January transfer window.

The 30-year-old’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires in the summer and that situation has alerted several clubs across Europe.

Names such as Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Newcastle United, Everton have all been thrown in the ring. Thus, it would be interesting to see where the Frenchman eventually lands up.

Lacazette certainly has the qualities that Man City coach Pep Guardiola would like his center-forward to have such as passing, link-up and hold-up play.

The current Premier League champions have somewhat missed the presence of a proper number nine since the departure of club top scorer Kun Aguero.

Although Gabriel Jesus has performed well in the present campaign, his future is still up in the air. The Brazilian was reportedly offered to Tottenham in City’s attempt of acquiring Harry Kane.

Thus, it won’t be surprising if they get rid of the 24-year-old next summer, altogether.

With just over half year till the expiration of Lacazette’s contract, it might be a wise decision to offload him for some money, which can then be used to sign a long-term option.

Dusan Vlahovic, Alexander Isak, Ollie Watkins and several others have already been linked. Those three can immediately provide the team with something Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have failed to.

When the former Lyon man eventually departs, it will certainly be a gloomy moment for Arsenal fans. Lacazette arrived at Arsenal in 2017, well aware that we hadn’t qualified for the Champions League.

And we didn’t for the next five years. Still, I’ve never seen him looking disinterested or short of passion. He has always felt like a breath of fresh air.

Even in the dressing room, many youngsters have come out to say that the Frenchman was one of the first guys at London Colney to take them under his wing.

He will leave a proper legacy at Arsenal Football Club. The fans will never forget him, and he will never forget the fans.

Because as they say, “Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner.”

Yash Bisht

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  1. No.

    The goals he’ll score January-May would be worth far more than the pittance we’d get by selling him.

    Similarly, the goals van Persie would have scored in 2012-13 were worth far more than the £24m we got for him.

    1. On Van Persie, I disagree. Whatever goals he would have scored were unlikely to win Arsenal the league that season. Arsenal achieved the most likely outcome and the least objective that season – top 4 – without him. Any decision that allowed his contract to expire would have been £24m lost.

  2. It’s unwise to let Lacazette leave. I think arsenal’s hierarchy should persuade him to sign at least 2 years contract.he still has a lot to offer. Our Last two games he featured could tell.

  3. If MAN CITY ever sign Lacazette while Pep manages them, I will become a Spuds fan!
    THAT is how CERTAIN I AM that this silly rumour is complete nonsense.
    Why such an incredibly impossible rumour appears on this site I CAN ONLY GUESS!
    In “impossible land” where some JA writers choose to live, maybe we can foist all our other unwanted dross on them too.
    That will keep JA in daft rumours til, oh lets say, tea time today at least!

    1. Y can’t city sign Lacazette? Kindly tell me……..Am all ears. Lacazette has the potential to play in any team.

  4. Lacazzet should not be sold to premier league clubs. And I wish their is a way to sort out his contracts may be give him tow years. Lacazzet is good at what he does at the moment. There is a say “you don’t appreciate what you have until it is lost”

  5. Have sometimes found it difficult to understand what all the love for Lacazette has been about. Yes, he does have some good games where his hard work pays off and other players can feed off him, but too often he is just not in the contest. Let’s not forget that he was brought in as a prolific goalscorer, a Ferrari to Giroud’s sputtering 1960’s standard French family car, but in five years has failed to convince three managers that he can lead the front line. As for goals, they come in dribs and drabs. Overall I have to agree with the assessment made during the summer break by Robbie and Turkish that he is worth keeping for no other reason than the fact that Arsenal are not willing or able to splash the cash on better options.

    1. Appearances: 134
      Assists: 18
      Goals: 51 EPL.
      What else do you expect from a person who plays tirelessly while on the pitch. His workrate has deprived him the strength of lasting 90mins on the pitch. Ofcourse, he was brought in to score goals as you claimed but if he ain’t scoring, he works to create for another and that is what I so much admire about him. I will always appreciate Lacazette no matter what you people say about him. If after his contract expires, he goes to Man city, I won’t be surprised, really!. Because I have been able to realize that we fail alot of time to know the worth of what we have until we lose it.

  6. Our young players taking goal scoring burden is just a testament that we don’t have strikers at the club.. Auba and Laca needs to be released or sold immediately..

    We Keep making excuses for them as if they were youngsters.. I would rather watch Nketiah and Balogun faulter and underperform rather than our so called experience players.. we need to accept that we have seen the best of them already and let them leave together similar to how they came in Laca first 5months later we had Auba..
    same thing should happen now in their departure

    1. So Nice to see Good thinking Arsenal fans!
      Laca and Auba has absolutely NOTHING to give us dis season! We better get Jovic, Watkins,etc in January!
      These two haven’t proven to be Better than Olivier Giroud whom we ridiculed as Mr Lampost!😒
      Even 36 years old Ronaldo has more Goals than both combined!😕😕

      1. Those two you mentioned what is their success rate, if we eventually sign them? And are you sure they won’t do worse than the present (Laca &Auba)?

  7. this is an easy no, because it hurts our chances of finishing higher up this season significantly. Unless odegaard’s form starts to change for the better, we are getting rid of a starter who has helped turn our form around. How much could city be offering? Not enough that would subsidize the money lost on not making european football for another season.

  8. Why should anyone pay for him when they can get him for free in June? He has never been a prolific goal scorer and cannot be compared to Aguero. Agree with Jon about Man City being interested in him but won’t go so far in saying I’ll support the Spuds if he does!

  9. On Van Persie, I disagree. Whatever goals he would have scored were unlikely to win Arsenal the league that season. Arsenal achieved the most likely outcome and the least objective that season – top 4 – without him. Any decision that allowed his contract to expire would have been £24m lost.

  10. Look let’s be honest, we all want immediate success. So in all honesty who is going to bring that as our main striker and no.10? Vote now?


    Fact is we cannot keep all of them happy, Saka and Smith Rowe are clearly our best two players on the flanks.

    The other 6 are battling for 2 places.
    We must sell some this January, or make them work. Otherwise who would you sell?

  11. For me this our best 22 (4411)

    Ramsdale, Leno

    Tomiyasu, Cedric
    White, Holding
    Gabriel, Mari
    Tierney, Tavares

    Saka, Pepe,
    Partey, Sambi
    Maitland-Niles, Xhaka
    Smith Rowe, Martinelli

    Odegaard, Lacazette (10s)
    Aubameyang, Balogun (9s)

    The rest
    Okonkwo, Chambers, Kolasinac, Elneny, Nketiah

    4 of the rest should be sold in January and replaced with u23s.

  12. Laca shouldnt be sold and there must be sincere efforts from the Arsenal hierarchy to keep him. Even if he doesnt score, his overall game, his work rate, hold up play and ethics make him a standout player, someone to whom the youngsters look upto. He creates goal scoring opportunities for others and puts his body on the line if required.

  13. He is integral to our attack this season, he is not our striker, he is more of our real play maker, he dictates the rythem and a fighter.
    Selling him would be okay only if we can get a january replacement.

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