Craig Burley has claimed that Arsenal failed to land their key summer transfer targets, before lowering their aspirations to sign Alexandre Lacazette instead.
The Gunners splurged a club record £52 Million to bring in the French striker from Lyon last summer, but he has since lost his first-team role thanks to the arrival of new club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international was brought in last month with his new team-mate having come into some dire form, and the £52 Million man now has to adjust to playing as a reserve, which is a crazy thought.
Former profession Craig Burley has now claimed that the 26 year-old was only signed after they failed with their main targets.
“He’s been in the spotlight Lacazette, he comes in in the summer as a big signing,” Burley said.
“I don’t want to be harsh on him, I don’t want to be harsh on any player, but I kind of think Wenger brought him in because he didn’t get the top-level striker that he wanted.
“So he went down to the next level and brought in a very good player from France.
“He’s left him out of some key games, which was strange, or maybe told a story.
“Then obviously the chase for Aubameyang and securing Aubameyang was going to shove Lacazette onto the sidelines.
“We saw him come off the bench in the north London derby, missed a couple of chances, it happens, confidence is low and off the back of that now he is injured.”
Is Lacazette in a tier below the top-level available strikers? Does he now have to get used to being the back-up striker or can he fight his way back into the team?