Arsenal signing Rodrigo would surely seal Alexandre Lacazette’s fate

According to reports in The Sun on Sunday, via Sun journalist Alan Nixon on his Twitter account, Arsenal are keen to sign Spain international Rodrigo, rated at £36m by Transfermarkt, this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun on Sunday says that the Gunners, along with Premier League rivals Chelsea, are both keen on the 27-year-old following an impressive campaign for Valencia.

Having managed Sevilla for a number of years new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who can get something that Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck can’t give him if he signs another £17.5m attacker, will certainly know all about the striker, who has come on leaps and bounds since an unsuccessful loan spell with Bolton Wanderers in 2010.

The arrival of the Spaniard at the Emirates Stadium would be strange in a sense though given they already have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck to play in the centre-forward spot.

How did Rodrigo do during the 2017/18 campaign?

He was excellent.

The 27-year-old scored 19 goals and provided a further seven assists in 44 appearances in all competitions.

The Spain international showed that he is a good all-round striker in terms of being able to score with his feet and his head on a regular basis, as well as being good in possession, at dribbling and at holding the ball up to allow his teammates to catch up with the play.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

Even though he only scored once in 17 appearances for Bolton eight years ago, it is clear to see that the 27-year-old has matured and come on leaps and bounds since then, and his goal record and the fact that he is in the Spain squad should prove that he can be a success in the Premier League now.

The arrival of the striker would surely throw the futures of the likes of Lacazette and Lucas Perez into doubt however, and the north London outfit should also be wary of how Alvaro Morata and Sandro Ramirez have struggled in the English top flight having been prolific in La Liga previously.