Alexandre Lacazette, 25, has offered Arsene Wenger the answer to his striking problems, leaving Arsenal supporters hoping he was listening.
As Arsenal crumbled at home on the Premier League’s opening weekend, Lacazette grabbed a hat-trick in Ligue Un as Lyon won 3 – 0 at Nancy, the club where Wenger cut his managerial teeth.
The French international told Canal Football Club that “If there are offers that can’t be refused, I’d like to not refuse them.”
Jean-Michel Aulas, the Lyon president, subsequently opened the door for a bidding war to begin over his prize asset when he claimed that Lacazette was staying for one more season although “the day that Real, Barca or Manchester United come to see us, it will be different.”
Arsenal have been linked with a host of forwards during the transfer window but the rumours about the Lyon striker are the most persistent. However, the dreams of the denizens of the Emirates are tempered by Aulas’ claim earlier in the summer that he met Wenger at Euro 2016 but didn’t discuss Lacazette.
Wenger was forced to play Alexis Sanchez as lead striker against Liverpool with Olivier Giroud only returning to pre-season training last week. The French manager has yet again been severely criticised by supporters for a lack of activity during the transfer window.
They will be hoping Wenger was listening when Lacazette issued his ‘come and get me’ plea.
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