Posted on November 20, 2018 by ADMIN

Who thought that Arsenal were going to sell Lacazette?

Well there is an interesting question, because it would appear that the Arsenal striker himself was worried that he would be surplus to requirements after we brought in Aubameyang last January. We all know that Arsene Wenger didn’t seem to trust the Frenchman but he was still banging in the goals when he was given the chance, and everyone knows that any real top team needs two star strikers anyway. I for one never considered the possibility.

But Lacazette revealed his insecurity when he told Arsenal.com: “When first I think of Arsenal, it was when Titi Henry played for Arsenal and scored goals,” he said. “Now I’m there so I want to make the fans happy.

“I signed for Lyon at 10. At seven they wanted me to sign but my dad said, ‘it’s too early, you need to learn with your friends and just have fun’.

“I needed the next step. A few years ago I talked with Arsenal but it was not a good time.

“When they came I was so happy and the discussion with Arsenal and the club was so quick, and with me it was so quick.

“I’m happy because I know now the league, I know my players, my teammates.

“The club is happy because this summer they didn’t want to sell me; they told me ‘we are happy to have you in the team’.”

He has certainly repaid our faith and has already scored six goals this season, while his partner in crime Aubameyang has got nine. But I find it hard to believe that he could even consider that we were going to sell him. We have the best partnership in the Prem!

Sam P

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25 thoughts on “Who thought that Arsenal were going to sell Lacazette?

  1. jon fox

    A cunningly devised topic from a non rumour. No one EVER thought he would be leaving , himself included , in my estimation. Classic fake journo trick; make up a rumour, claim it came from somewhere eslse, obviously not specified where from, since it never existed in the first place and then demolish the “rumour”. Hence you get an “article” out of non news. Dishonest or clever journalism or even both? You decide!

    1. ken1945

      Jon, youv’e hit the nail on the head in my opinion.
      In actual fact it’s the first I’ve ever heard that anyone seriously thought Lacs was up for sale!
      At least we can all rest assured that he feels at home at our club, wants to stay and neve once felt threatened by anyone else!
      That’s sorted, now on to the next joke.

      1. Kenny Rolfe

        Thankfully our most experienced two bloggers up first and both 100% correct about the Laca rumours. Can’t pull the wool over the eyes of you two….. Jon and Ken, you asked me a couple of questions on the last article about our memories, please go back for one final reply.

        1. ken1945

          Kenny, read your replies and, as usual, you remembered perfectly.
          It wasa tanner and not sixpence and he was really amazing when he did actually throw the bag.
          You talk about bunging the turnstile guy, I used to go through holding my three year old daughter when I got my season ticket to the east stand.
          Sheused to sit on my lap for the whole game, until I got warned about the safety issue and was moved to the clock end for the remainder of that particular game.
          We could go on and on and on…..sensational topic well done admin again!!

              1. ken1945

                She cried for the rest of the game and has never forgotten it even now at the age of 48!!
                Still, I successfully indoctrinated her into the “family” as she has done with her son, and they are as fanatical as me?
                We finally got two season tickets in the west stand at Highbury and had them until she got married and had to “make ends meet”.
                Got her tickets back when the Emirates was built
                .
                Bob Wall was another “gentleman” of the club, it has always seemed that way, no matter what the results on the pitch were, we had people the fans could look up to (Ken Friar?).
                How I hope he sees what the club has turned in to and what a contribution he made to it.

          1. jon fox

            I occasionally bought some of those tanner a bag peanuts, out of my ten shilling a week pocket money. It was only two bob- or ten new pence- to watch back then. Imagine a bag of peanuts today coasting one quarter the price of a ticket for the Emirates. Pro rata I have seldom been as well off since! And Mr Admin , I would please echo Ken and Kennys pleas for more of these Memory Lane threads. Show me any oldie who does NOT like wallowing in nostalgia and I will show you a liar.

      2. Kenny Rolfe

        Ken,
        Just wondering with your Scottish connections whether you’ll be rooting for the Scots tonight in the important game against Israel. Unlike a lot of English people I’ve always had a soft spot for the Scot’s. I remember the days when Arsenal played Glasgow Rangers every year in a friendly game that was started in the Thirties and was regarded as the unofficial “Battle of Britain” between the aristocrats of England against the aristocrats of Scotland. These we’re massive games before European football and used to attract crowds of 70,000 at Highbury and 100,000 plus at Ibrox. I remember watching Jim Baxter in 1964 getting the ball played back to him from the kick off going easily through the first line of the Arsenal defence and hitting a shot from 35 yards into the top corner of the net and game was just six seconds old. A fixture that was eventually finished in ’66 after Rangers supporters rioted in the North Bank. What a lot of people don’t know after all the years of the English saying they invented football, is that it was the Scot’s that invented the modern game. In the early Nineteen hundreds when professional football was in it’s infancy and new clubs we’re being formed, the English played a style football not so different to Rugby apart from handling the ball. They either dribbled with the ball or kicked it long, a game of territory. It was the Scot’s that came down to join the formed professional clubs, a bit like the Europeans of today, that brought with them a complete new way of playing football. It was simply called “the passing game” and is the game we still play today. I was lucky enough to see the great Scottish teams of the Sixties and Seventies and believe me players like Denis Law and Jim Baxter, two players who I still regard as the greatest British players of all time, Dave Mackay, Wee Willie Henderson, Tommy Gemmell, Ian St John and who can ever forget the great Jimmy Johnstone who teased and took the p*ss out of the England and Leeds left back Terry Cooper in the Celtic v Leeds European Cup battle before a crowd of 136,000 at Hampden Park. Anyway Good Luck tonight Scotland, time for you get back to world stage.

        1. ken1945

          Kenny, my scottish connnections only go as far the fact that I moved up here from Essex seventeen years ago to escape the “rat race”.
          Part of the agreement was that I would keep my season ticket!!

          I can also remember those Rangers games, very volatile amongst the fans!
          If I remember correctly, the fixture was finally disbanded when the Rangers fans started throwing coins down from the top tier of the North Bank, causing quite a few injuries.
          What they were doing in the North Bank I have no idea, but they were good games nevertheless.

          The Scots are a really proud race, very friendly and still have the community spirit.
          What I have found is that one does not get involved in religion and sport, because it can get very fractious.
          They welcome people and want and expect one to get involved with the local community..do that and your accepted.
          The independant issue is very divisive however, i fthink if another indy vote is taken, they will vote “yes”.
          Brings me back to Arsenal and Scottish players.
          Do you remember Peter Marinello, the next “George Best”? i always felt so sorry for him and it was the one and only time I felt Arsenal Football Club really let a player down.
          I wonder what happened to him and where he is now..I’ll go check on google.
          Don’t forget Kenny, it was the Scots who formed the original Woolwich Arsenal, or have I got that wrong in my old age?

          1. Kenny Rolfe

            You’re absolutely right Ken, it was David Danskin who formed Dial Square FC later to become Royal Arsenal. Woolwich Arsenal and finally Arsenal but regarding the Rangers supporters incident, there wasn’t two tiers in those day’s Ken, it was the old North Bank and if only it was coins it wouldn’t have been so bad. This is 1966 and the North Bank as a chanting end was still in it’s infancy and growing from behind the goal. That fateful day drunken Rangers fans, who had a fearsome reputation, got behind the Arsenal support and about twenty minutes into the game started slinging beer bottles into the roof stanchions with broken glass going everywhere. There was a massive panic as around 10 to 15,000 fans underneath the old North Bank roof suddenly started moving away from the centre of North Bank with many falling over and getting trampled on. It was a miracle that nobody was killed that day. So after that it was many years before Rangers we’re invited back to Highbury. To their credit Rangers football club was as angry with their own supporters as Arsenal we’re because both clubs have always had a fantastic relationship and still do.

            1. Kenny Rolfe

              Just to add Ken , David Danskin, as you rightly said, was a Scottish footballer. You also asked why we’re Rangers fans in the North Bank? Well in those days there was no away end, you could enter any part of the ground. Hooliganism was in it’s infancy in fact that was the case right through the early Seventies and one of the major causes of hooliganism in the first place. You also asked about Peter Marinello, we’ve had this story before. I once spoke to Charlie George about him and I’m not sure whether Charlie ever had any issues with him but he never rated him. I think his failure to deliver was more to do with being compared to George Best because lets be honest at the time there was only one George Best also being Arsenal’s first £100,000 player plus injuries was all too much for the young Marinello

              1. ken1945

                Of course Kenny, they had the barriers in place didn’t they?
                Don’t remember the broken glass issue, but the coins were raining down.
                Looked up Peter Marinello and it seems he retired a wealthy man, but lost it on bad investments.
                By all accounts now lives in Bournemouth and,as you say, it was the Besty comparison that bugged his career along with the injuries he suffered.
                As you probably know, he left us over the fact they couldn’t agree a contract!!!!
                Sounds familiar doesn’t it??

                1. jon fox

                  What bliss to read the wonderful memories of two hugely respected and dyed in the wool Gooners. How very much I hope younger people are taking in these precious memories and learning about our past. So much about our club refers only to the present or recent past. But we are a 132 years old and our emotional richness and wealth is in the past every bit as much as the present and the future. We oldies have no right to take over this site BUT it would be wonderful- Mr Admin please- to have further threads of yesteryear where we oldies could teach todays young fans so much of our glorious past. My long dead late Grandpa used to go to Woolwich Arsenal and I learned from him whilst aged 4 and 5 of some of the times past. So glad I was so lucky to know these distant memories which are such a vital part of the whole of Arsenal FC. IT MAY SEEM STRANGE TO SOME BUT I HAVE AWAYS LOVED ARSENAL FC more than any one era Arsenal Football Team or any player, manager,director etc. Who among todays younger fans would even know the name of Bob Wall, aka Mr. Arsenal!

                  1. Kenny Rolfe

                    Well said Jon about Bob Wall, Our personal connection to Herbert Chapman who Wall worked for in one of his first jobs at an Arsenal administrator. Passed away in 1981.

                    1. jon fox

                      Kenny, Years ago I read in whichever Arsenal book it was – can’t remember which, though it might have been in Forward Arsenal by Bernard Joy- that when Arsenal paid Bolton £10,000 for David Jack-the first 10k transfer ever- he and Bob Wall, who was then the new secretary met the Bolton directors in an hotel to conclude the deal. Chapman and Wall were there before the directors and Chapman told Bob to order several gin and tonics when the Bolton men arrived. Chapman said to the barman first though, “The Bolton directors will have gin and tonics with mostly gin. Mr. Wall and I will have our G+T without any gin”. Clear headed Chapman and long serving Wall were always one step ahead of all the rest. LEGENDS!

  2. gotanidea

    I don’t the partnership between Lacazatte and Aubameyang is good, but their competition is great

    That what drove Lacazette to score more initially and I want to see him benched again, because he becomes unproductive again lately

    It’s time to give the chance to Aubameyang again. Maybe with Iwobi as the winger to support him

  3. Declan

    Had to read the article twice trying to figure out where the headline came from. Click bait at best and extremely poor taste writing at worst. Unlike the previous fabulous article about our memories. I’m sure if someone could put it together, a book of Arsenal memories would be a great read and possibly sell big time!

    1. Kenny Rolfe

      Declan,
      Believe it or not my friend I was thinking the exact same thing this afternoon. Coming close to retirement I’m thinking it would be the perfect way of keeping my mind active. However writing 90 pages, getting it published? It’s a different world. I’ve drove a black cab as a living for 47 years and I remember years ago a fellow cab driver going around all cab stops in London, sitting in the corner collecting stories from drivers. Never heard or read his book, if it ever got printed, but thought at the time , what a good idea it was.

  4. Innit

    Only Lacazette OR Aubameyang should be on the pitch at one time
    They perform better alone than together
    also with Welbeck out one should be rested every match

    1. RSH

      And Lacazette is more valuable to our attack, so unless Emery is doing 2 upfront, Aubameyang needs to adjust his game to start or he should be a sub.

  5. Kenny Rolfe

    Just to add Ken , David Danskin, as you rightly said, was a Scottish footballer. You also asked why we’re Rangers fans in the North Bank? Well in those days there was no away end, you could enter any part of the ground. Hooliganism was in it’s infancy in fact that was the case right through the early Seventies and one of the major causes of hooliganism in the first place. You also asked about Peter Marinello, we’ve had this story before. I once spoke to Charlie George about him and I’m not sure whether Charlie ever had any issues with him but he never rated him. I think his failure to deliver was more to do with being compared to George Best because lets be honest at the time there was only one George Best also being Arsenal’s first £100,000 player plus injuries was all too much for the young Marinello

  6. Break-on-through

    I like that his Dad said no to joining an academy, because you don’t get those years back. Ten is a good age, and you learn things about football that you don’t at a club. At a club it is mostly drills.
    When you’re out with your friends you improvise allot more, and it is almost always becomes a duel. You also have more fun and when the night comes, you realize that you’ve basically been playing football for the better part of a day.
    His Dad seems to know what he was doing. Whether it was for football reasons, or if he was making sure that the lad enjoyed his childhood to its fullest, or wanting him to take his school work more serious. He seems to have had Alexander’s best interests at heart. Well done Mr Lacazette, and well done junior.

    There is a lesson here for everyone who has wee kids, so long as they enjoy playing the game.

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