Arsenal & Liverpool dealt fatal blow in race for top marksman

Arsenal and Liverpool have been told to forget about any summer plans they may have to land Alexandre Lacazette by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

The Frenchman has emerged as one of European football’s most highly-rated forwards this season, with a staggering tally of 21 goals in Ligue 1 having alerted a host of clubs.

Arsenal and Liverpool are two names in the hunt, with the Premier League giants having been linked with him for much of the winter.

However, Aulas, whose side currently top the French top tier ahead of cash-rich outfit PSG, is adamant that his 23-year-old star is not up for sale:

“Alexandre is not for sale. He is part of the generation of players we want to take to the new stadium,” he is quoted by talkSPORT.

“He will not be for sale and he will not leave.”

It has long been suggested that Lacazette will, however, leave Lyon, with French footballing expert Julien Laurens having revealed that Liverpool’s interest is genuine.

Arsenal are also thought to be in the running, with the Gunners known to have a good knowledge of Ligue 1.