Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette was taken off injured during the Trophee Des Champions between his side and Paris Saint-Germain this weekend, which looks likely to hamper his possible move to Arsenal this summer.
The 25 year-old has been strongly linked with a move to the Gunners this summer, having already missed out on numerous other targets, and still remains strongly in the gossip to move to the Emirates this summer.
That move could well be off now however, after he was taken off with injury during Lyon’s 4-1 thumping by PSG in their version of the Community Shield on Saturday.
Official expectations of the extent of the injury are yet to be revealed, but his boss is worried about his star striker.
Lyon manager Bruno Genesio said: “It’s worrying. It’s a big downside of the evening in addition to the defeat.
“This is our attack leader, he is needed. It’s too early to tell about the injury. There will be examinations early this week.”
Arsenal have so far failed to persuade Jamie Vardy to quit champions Leicester City, and a number of other targets have already moved on from their clubs.
Alvaro Morata remains an option, although the Gunners would need to break their club record fee to tempt Real Madrid to part ways with their recently returned forward, with a price-tag in excess of £50 Million claimed to be on his head.
The Spanish international is not expected to be happy playing as back-up to Benzema, and would likely be happy to make a switch in the current window.
Theo Walcott has been doing well in pre-season which i likely to reduce the pressure on Arsene Wenger currently, but with Olivier Giroud yet to return from holiday due to an extended international campaign with France, another addition is strongly wanted.
Should Arsenal just stump up the money needed to land Morata? Or should Arsenal still go for Lacazette despite his injury?