According to The Independent, Arsenal are considering the sale of Alexandre Lacazette before the transfer window ends.
The Frenchman joined us in the summer of 2017 for £46.5 million from Lyon. (BBC) Lacazette hasn’t quite hit the heights that he did with his former club, but he is still one of our most valuable players.
The current financial climate has made it extremely difficult for clubs in terms of transfers. That, combined with the lack of supporters in the stadium, has hit Arsenal’s finances hard this summer which is forcing us to sell before we can buy our top targets.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going nowhere and neither is Mesut Ozil. Hector Bellerin has had some interest but a move looks unlikely now. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to stay with us as well, while Matteo Guendouzi hasn’t had the interest from clubs that we all thought he would.
That leaves Arsenal with Lucas Torreira who will likely be our biggest sale this summer. The money that will come in from his potential departure will still not make it easy for Arsenal to sign someone like Houssem Aouar who is reportedly valued at £54 million. (L’Equipe)
As a result, Arsenal are considering selling Lacazette. The 29-year-old’s sale, if it happens, will make it easy for the Gunners to afford at least one of Aouar or Thomas Partey, but should we really sell our number nine?
Arsenal should keep Lacazette
Let’s be honest, Lacazette hasn’t proved to be the goal machine that we all thought he would be. His best return in the league is 14 goals which came in his debut campaign, and he hasn’t scored more than 18 in all competitions in a single season with us.
However, he is integral to Mikel Arteta’s system. Lacazette drops deep, holds the ball up and allows his fellow forwards to get into better positions. He works incredibly hard for the team and he fits our style of play perfectly.
An argument can clearly be made for someone else to play in his position. Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli have done extremely well when given a chance up front. However, it wouldn’t be wise to make either of them our number one striker just yet.
Then there’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Yes, he is a striker, yes, he would arguably be a bigger threat up front, and yes, he is currently playing out of position. However, Auba’s strength is running behind the defenders; the complete opposite of what Arteta demands from his centre-forwards in this current system.
We would all love Partey or Aouar or both at the Emirates next term. However, that shouldn’t be at the cost of Lacazette, who is still a very important player for us up front. Two goals in two games is not a bad record at all, and if he continues his form, he will surely have his best season with us this term.
The key decision Arsenal have to make regarding Lacazette is about his contract. The former Lyon man has less than two years left, and if Arteta really wants to keep him, talks over a new deal should start immediately to avoid another Aubameyang-like situation this time next year.