Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with several of Europe’s biggest clubs over the last few seasons.
A goal return of 21 goals in 34 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon, last term has caused him to once again be linked with a move to a Premier League club.
One of those clubs is Arsenal and whilst they certainly have the spending power to go and buy a top class striker, Arsene Wenger has seemed reluctant to splash the cash on a forward.
Various news outlets across the UK, including BBC Sport, claimed that Lyon had rejected a £29.3 million offer from Arsenal for the 25-year-old forward and if the Gunners want to be title challengers next season and Wenger wants to keep the fans happy, the club are going to have to buy a striker.
But should the club up the bid to a more realistic £40million for the Frenchman or would the north London club be better off looking elsewhere?
From an expenditure point of view, the France international appears to be a sensible solution to their striker problems.
Other strikers that have been linked to Arsenal this summer include Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.
The Mirror reported earlier in the summer that Real Madrid had stuck a £60million price tag on the Spaniard, Morata.
For a striker that scored just seven goals in 34 league appearances, regardless of the fact that many of those were from the bench, that is an absurd price tag.
Higuain will be costing Juventus upwards of £70million and although his goal scoring exploits arguably comply with that, Arsenal fans must have learnt not to expect Wenger to pay that sort of money, no matter who the player.
The Gunners desperately need someone who can score 20+ goals in the league per season if they expect to be fighting for the title, come May next year.
Aside from a transfer funds point of view, there is of course the style of striker Wenger is interesting in.
His early summer pursuit of Jamie Vardy perhaps shows he’s growing tired of setting his team up, using a big focal point.
Despite the fact that the Arsenal manager is always the first to stick up for Olivier Giroud, there’s no hiding from the fact that Wenger was pursuing someone that doesn’t play anything like tall Frenchman.
It appears that Wenger may be trying to utilise his abundance of fantastic passers by having someone who can run in behind opposition defences.
Arsenal’s recent track record of strikers has included Giroud, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Robin Van Persie.
None of which were fast strikers who enjoyed getting in behind defenders and Wenger’s pursuit of England international, Vardy, perhaps paints the picture that he’s ready to abandon the target man approach.
Lacazette is certainly still a lot of money at £40million but for a striker that has scored 48 league goals in the last two seasons, it isn’t extortionate.
Wenger will need the Arsenal fans come the beginning of the season and buying a proven goal scorer is one way to do that.
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