He’s been one of Europe’s top performers so far this season and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette will undoubtedly attract a lot of interest when the transfer window reopens. One of those suitors could be Arsenal, if reports from Sky Sports are to be believed.
Current Gunners striker Olivier Giroud has impressed for the club once again this season, showing that Arsenal are far from a crisis when it comes to the striking department. In 15 Premier League appearances, he has scored eight goals and provided two assists – a solid return considering the fact that he missed the earlier stages of the season due to injury.
The Frenchman is an excellent option up front due to his physical presence in the attacking third, as well as the fact that he possesses good finishing skills. Although Giroud is a good attacking option for Arsenal, they are still lacking real pace up front. Danny Welbeck can provide that pace but he is being used in more of a wider attacking berth now that Giroud has returned to the side. The England international does work hard for the team but he lacks that prolific instinct that Arsenal need more of up front.
This is where Alexandre Lacazette represents an excellent option for the Gunners. The Lyon striker has 21 goals in 23 Ligue 1 appearances this term and looks like he has the potential to become a world-class forward. Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more goals in 2014/15 and this is something that is bound to attract the attention of big clubs across Europe. Lacazette possesses something that the Gunners haven’t had since Henry left – electric pace combined with excellent movement and finishing.
It is no secret that Arsenal boast a wealth of talent in the middle of park, but they are lacking the same quality up front. Giroud and Welbeck are good Premier League players but they do not carry the same potential that Lacazette has shown over the course of this season.
Theo Walcott is sometimes implemented in a centre-forward role to provide Arsenal with some more pace through the middle and this works to good effect. However, Walcott is not a natural goalscorer and often plays wide rather than in a centre forward’s role.
Therefore, Wenger will be looking to add more quality to his attacking options. Lacazette has been compared to Henry during his time in France due to his impressive dribbling skills and the fact that he knows where the back of the net is.
The Express reports that Lyon are looking for a fee of around £23million, which would be an excellent price for one of Europe’s hottest prospects. Arsene Wenger has not been afraid to spend big in the summer transfer window in recent times and Lacazette would certainly represent an improvement in terms of Arsenal’s attacking prospects.
Arsenal fans have been crying out for another quality striker to provide more attacking options up front, and Lacazette could be the most affordable option for the Gunners, as well as providing undeniable quality in the final third.
It’s been a long time since Thierry Henry left the club and signing a player that boasts similar abilities to the Arsenal legend should be a no-brainer. Although nothing is set in stone, Arsene Wenger should do all he can to move for Lacazette in the summer if he becomes available.