In Focus: Arsenal target Lacazette can help make the club great again

According to reports in The Sun, Arsenal are trying to seal a £50m deal to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is actively looking to significantly strengthen his squad following a disappointing fifth-place finish this season – which means they will miss out on a 21st successive Champions League campaign – and he wants to boost his attacking options.

The Frenchman was pictured in Nice earlier this week with Ivan Gazidis and it was thought that he might be there to discuss a deal for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, but instead it may have been regarding Lacazette.

The prolific attacker wants to leave the Ligue 1 outfit this summer and had looked set to join Atletico Madrid before they failed to overturn their transfer ban, which means he could move to England instead.

How good is he?

He is excellent.

The 26-year-old has scored 113 goals in all competitions for Lyon over the course of the past four seasons and he has just enjoyed his best campaign yet, netting an impressive 37 in 45 outings.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

He certainly would be, yes.

The striker has shown that he has the ability and consistency to play at the very highest level, and the quality of his finishing could help to make the Gunners Premier League title contenders next term.

Does he not want Champions League football?

He probably would do, yes.

The Frenchman apparently wants to leave Lyon after their fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 meant they only qualified for the Europa League, and Arsenal would have to do a lot of convincing seeing as they have only qualified for the same competition.

However, they are ready to offer him £200,000-a-week wages which might help push the deal over the line.

Do they face any competition for his signature?

They may well do.

Lacazette could choose to wait to join Atletico during the January transfer window while Liverpool have previously expressed an interest in the 26-year-old.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, if Arsenal can add Lacazette and Mbappe to their attacking options this summer – as well as keeping Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez – there is no doubt that they could be contenders for the title next season.