Deja vu anyone? Despite entering 2020 and thus a new decade, it appears the Thomas Lemar and Arsenal story wants to add another chapter to it.
The Frenchman was the subject of a whopping £92m bid from the north London side back in the summer of 2017, but a deal failed to materialise before the end of the deadline.
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Now, speaking to Sky Sports, Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero has revealed that should Atletico Madrid fail to sign PSG striker Edinson Cavani, they could make a move for Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette.
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That in turn would raise the possibility of seeing Lemar head in the opposite direction to finally arrive at the Emirates.
And after hearing about the possible swap deal, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the situation, with a couple drawing comparisons to the last time the Gunners were involved in something similar.
Smells like Mkhi – Sanchez rubbish https://t.co/K1YDTFyfuS
— PEPITO (@femiibabs) 15 January 2020
This is the Mkhi – Sanchez swap deal all over again Laca is good and important player for us. Hes just in bad form right now. He will be back scoring goals again soon trust me. BAD DEAL.
— ArsenalStartingXI (@ArsenalStarting) 14 January 2020
Some Gunners fans insisted that whilst Lacazette may not be in the greatest form at the moment – he has no goals in his last five Premier League games – he would come back to deliver for them once more.
No chance. Laca hasn’t been on form of late but he is a quality player & brings balance to our attack. What’s the point in getting rid of Laca to bring in another winger
— Jake Rowe (@JakeRowe1) 14 January 2020
Anyone who thinks that this would be any sort of good deal from arsenal has to be mad! Lemar has flopped while although laca has gone through a bad patch recently, he’s been a huge player for us since he arrived!
— Dean McA (@mca_dean) 14 January 2020
Lsca’s link up play and holding up the ball to bring others in is underrated. Thomas Lemar, has gone backwards since joining Atletico. I
— Randal Boatswain (@randz2042) 15 January 2020
This is a real definition of stupidity.Who is Lemar compare to lacazette?
— Teejay Danielka 4 (@TeejayDanielka) 14 January 2020
Another couple of supporters however felt that this would be a “massive W” for the club, with one fan in particular insisting Lacazette is “finished”.
Getting rid of Lacazette is a massive W
— Broly (@Broly_9) 14 January 2020
Yes, Laca is finished here, Lemar has more to offer and people will judge him off a very negative Atletico team when they should look at his raw ability from Monaco.
— Carter (@AFCarter_) 14 January 2020
A few fans of the north London side brought up the prospect of receiving Thomas Partey instead of Lemar, and that the central midfielder’s inclusion in a proposed deal may be far more enticing.
No thanks, partey or gimenez, otherwise.straight cash will do
— Jonn Hirons (@JonnHirons) 14 January 2020
we don’t want lemar. Give us partey
— • (@bankhead_____) 14 January 2020
bruh give us thomas partey instead and we’ll think about it
— Phillip Bechara (@filupbechara) 15 January 2020
Atletico want Lacazette and will put in Lemar in the deal? Has to be the biggest joke of the window If they gonna give us anyone please give us someone first team Thomas, Gimenez, Saul and it’s a seal @Arsenal #AFC #Arsenal
— Chiran (@ChiranPatel) 14 January 2020
Despite not being in the greatest of goal-scoring form this season for the Gunners – he has scored just six goals in 19 games across all competitions – Lacazette remains a proven finisher with 171 career strikes. The Frenchman is simply going through an incredibly rough patch, and it certainly doesn’t help that his side have performed below expectations too, finding them tenth in the Premier League table.
Swapping Lacazette for Lemar – a player who has endured an even worse season with Atletico by not scoring a single goal yet – would be a major backwards step for the Gunners. It’s a potential offer they have to turn down no matter what.