The rumors surrounding Alexis Sanchez’ departure from Arsenal grow a little stronger each day and he has no shortage of suitors. It won’t be easy for Arsene Wenger to replace the Chilean created last but one of his compatriots might be able to fill the gap somewhat.
Alexandre Lacazette has been one of Ligue 1’s best strikers for the past three seasons and it may be time for the striker to leave his boyhood club, possibly for Arsenal. The French international has been at Lyon since 2003 and since making his first team debut in 2010, Lacazette has scored 129 goals in 275 appearances.
He finished top of the league scoring charts in the 2014/15 season and has been second in the two seasons since. The 26-year old is approaching his prime and represents a great replacement for the world-class Sanchez.
The French striker was rumored to be moving to Atletico Madrid this summer to join compatriot Antoine Griezmann, but the Spanish club’s transfer ban has removed any chance of that, as Lacazette will want to be playing regular football ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
Although Sanchez seems almost sure to leave, Wenger also doesn’t appear too keen on giving more playing time to fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud, which would leave a lot of time on the pitch for Lacazette.
The 26-year old striker is coming off his best professional season in which he scored 37 goals in 45 appearances at a rate of one goal every 94 minutes. He can score in a variety of ways and at 1.75 meters has enough physicality in his game to transition well to the Premier League.
While he doesn’t create chances for his teammates as well as Alexis does, that is more up Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s alley anyways.
Lacazette could be the perfect goal-scoring compliment to the side Arsenal already have and is still hungry to prove he deserves to be a key member of the French national team. He is younger than both Alexis and Giroud and has a better CV in the French league than his compatriot had before joining the Gunners.
Arsenal haven’t been able to attract big name players since Sanchez came in 2014, and a player like Lacazette would represent a step in the right direction as the Gunners attempt to get back to Champions League football.