Bad news coming for the Arsenal fans. According to a report from Charles Watts of Football.London, there is a possibility for the Gunners to sell Alexandre Lacazette this summer.

The 27-year-old Frenchman joined Arsenal from Lyon in 2017 for a fee of around £52 million. Since then, Laca had a consistent performance for the London side. He scored 24 goals and provided 6 assists in 57 appearances so far for the club.

Watt's report states:

      ‘As popular a player as Alexandre Lacazette is, the French striker could be moved on in the summer, depending on what offers may arrive.’

'Emery is not overly keen on pairing Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang together and the former has found himself either on the bench at times this season or being replaced during the second half.’

‘At 27, Lacazette’s transfer value is high and it’s far more likely that he would be the man sold, should Arsenal decide to cash in on one of their two star strikers.’

There are two major reasons for the sudden rumour. First one is the limited wage budget available to Unai Emery. Despite having a poor performance following the 22 match unbeaten streak, Arsenal failed to bring any player in the January transfer window on a permanent basis. They only signed Denis Suarez from Barcelona which was of course, a loan deal. 

Emery himself admitted that the club doesn't have much budget for transfers during a press conference. So they are forced to offload key players as Laca joining the list with Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.  

The second one is Unai Emery and his tactics. The former PSG coach replaced Arsene Wenger with huge expectations on his shoulders. The Spaniard started well in his new club and it reflected in the results. 

But his recent squad selection and tactics have raised some serious questions among fans especially the absence of Mesut Ozil on the pitch. Seriously, how can a club pay £350,000 per week for sitting at home playing Fortnite?

It's the same thing that happened to Lacazette. Emery seems to prioritize the Gabon International Aubameyang over Lacazette. The French striker has started 18 League matches while Auba has started 25 League matches. The difference is crystal clear. 

Even if Emery allows Laca to start, he does not finish the full time whistle most of the times. He often being sacrificed as a substitute to Aaron Ramsey in the second half. Lack of game time is definitely frustrating for any player and it is not apt to bash upon Laca's decision if he decides to leave in summer.

In my opinion, as a player, I will choose Laca over Auba any day. Auba has an upper advantage in terms of goal ratio which makes him the ideal candidate for the striker position. But Lacazette brings something more than just goals when he is on the pitch. He is capable of holding the ball and creating spaces for wingers and midfielders.

Lacazette delivers goals in much needed times in spectacular manner(not just tap-ins). Also, Aubameyang gets more freedom when playing alongside with Lacazette. The French striker drag defenders to him thus creating chances for Auba. 

Those who analyse football by stats alone may consider Auba as more valuable and better than Laca because he has that higher goal ratio. But Lacazette's hard work and commitment on the pitch can never be matched. After all, football is not about goals only. He has that quality in his goals while Auba has more quantity.

Lacazette is on his prime at the moment. He is consistent and versatile. Transferring him now seems to be illogical to me. I hope he stays and proves his doubters wrong. #COYG


  1. Ohh I missed that news! Thanks for sharing and writing in details !

  2. Yeah, I read the news here first.

    Thanks for keeping me updated.

  3. I love your posts - it always teaches me something new about soccer that I never knew about!

  4. Very interesting post. I didn't know this information. I don't follow soccer.

  5. I am not really a sport fan or follower but well written article.

  6. I mean I would really like it if arsenal doesn't sell Lacazete cause he scored some key goals and he works well with Aubameyang, Ozil's time has passed and the club really needs a new playmaker

  7. Nice review and well written. Thanks for giving us an update.

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