Should Arsenal go for Lacazette in the summer?

Arsenal fans will be hoping that the Gunners invest in a new striker come the summer, with our current crop of players still quite not at the right level to take the Premier League by storm. Arsenal have looked to have found a strong striker in Alexis Sanchez, but with the Chilean’s future up in the air, a bid for a new striker could well be on the cards.

Sadly, it seems that the biggest issue here is Arsene Wenger’s reluctance towards investing major money in a top class player. He’s now missed out on the likes of Suarez, Morata, Benzema and Higuaín in recent years, mainly due to hassling on the financial front. But could this summer be any different?

The biggest uncertainty to that question is that fact that we do not even know if Arsene Wenger will be the manager of Arsenal come the summer. If Wenger leaves then of course the incoming manager will have his own agenda and transfer targets. However, if Wenger remains in charge, one well known Arsenal transfer target has today revealed his desires for a new challenge, suggesting this could be Arsenal’s best chance yet to sign the want-away striker.

Alexandre Lacazette is a player who has been under the watchful eye of Arsene Wenger for a number of seasons now. The French international has been hitting the heights consistently at Lyon for the past few years and its heavily suggested that the player desires a new challenge. Wenger reportedly had a few bids rejected by Lyon in the summer; but with the player today making his intention to leave publically known, Wenger surely has to test the waters with another offer.

Lacazette told Canal+: ‘I think it has arrived at the right time, I think this summer will be the moment when we will have to change the air and discover something else. Always with the idea of advancing and progressing football and on a human level. Will continue to work again, hoping that there will be some great opportunities coming this summer’

The striker, who is now 25 years old, has been on Wenger’s radar since his early days with Lyon. Lacazette has hit 113 career goals with Lyon, 18 of which have come in his last 17 LIgue 1 appearances. His first four seasons with the club were less than impressive on the goals tally, but he was renowned for being a wonder kid at the time. However, since then, he has hit at least 22 goals every campaign since the 2013-14 season and will most definitely continue that run of form this season too, considering he’s currently sat on 21 goals with a few more months to go.

I think Lacazette would certainly be a smart purchase by Arsenal, especially if there is a shortage of world class strikers being made available at the right offer. There have been the obvious doubts about whether Lacazette could be as impressive in the Premier League, considering the strong physicality to the game in England, as opposed to their ‘easier’ challenge of Ligue 1 football. But if the player wants to leave and he’s available for the right price, then I think it would be silly for Wenger not to make another offer.



  1. arsenalfan1 says:

    FFS! What difference does it make, with a dope like Arsene as manager we could sign Messi and he would find a way of dragging him down to our level. “Messi is too finely tuned to get mentally prepared to face Watford,,,etc,,,etc.” Can’t you just hear the excuses for next year’s failures already ringing in your ears.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Haha, I agree! If Wenger is still in charge next season, you can imagine us losing our opening league game, and then hearing from Wenger:

      Reporter: “What went wrong today Arsene?”

      Wenger: “I felt we weren’t physically ready today, the opposition performed at a high level, which maybe caught us off guard a little. We’ll need to assess what went wrong, analyze the performance, and make sure we respond in our next match. There was a foul in the lead up to the first goal, so it shouldn’t have counted.”

      Reporter: “Will you be looking at doing any business before the end of the month?”

      Wenger: “Look, I’ve said it many times, if a player is available, then yes we look at strengthening, but I already have a strong squad, and the answer isn’t to always spend.”

      Just rinse and repeat this every year I’d say!

  2. Arsenal_Girl says:

    He is a consistent over 20 goal per season scorer in Ligue 1
    That doesn’t mean he will necessarily do the same here but he most probably would
    He is perfect age at 25
    This season he has scored 18 Ligue 1 goals in 17 appearances
    21 Total goals in 24 appearances

    If we can’t get Greizmann, Lewandowski, Aubemeyang, Rodriguez, Reus then Lacazette isn’t a bad alternative

    1. Bobbyraz says:

      i thut rodriguez is an AM why do i always see his name amongst no 9’s even reus is not a striker

  3. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin says:

    I think it will be better for us the Arsenal supporters to leave any incoming transfer saga in the summer transfer window for Arsenal to deal with it at the appropriate time. Moreover, I don’t think Arsenal are seriously thinking about any particular summer transfer target at this moment in time as this current season is ongoing as they are still in the races for three titles which are the main focus that they are currently focusing on and not the summer transfers. Let no one think otherwise, Arsenal are still contending for this season’s PL title as they are not yet out of it but are still in it.

  4. RichSAAlao says:

    Except his club is forced to sell, Arsenal will not pay asking price. They could not twice for Kante, can you not understand. It’s not as if there are no players. Monseur Wenger just said it about 4 days ago.

    1. josh37 says:

      Except… we bought xhaka for more than Kante’s fee?

  5. ogban says:

    Arsenal don’t need Lacazette, he will not improve the team. If we must get a striker, it should be one who can bully defenders. Give me an Icardi, or even the young Italian, Belloti. But, seriously, I think our problems are more at the other end of the pitch. Arsenal are joint top scorers in the league; and Alexis is joint top scoring individual. If they achieved the same status in defence, we’d still be in strong contention for the title. So, for me, the priority is a “proper” DM with a physical presence in that middle to screen the back four and stop the goal leakage.

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