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Journalist claims Arsenal are 'desperate' to get £182k-a-week player off their wage bill

Arsenal are reportedly “desperate” to sell Alexandre Lacazette, according to Ian McGarry of the Transfer Window Podcast.

The striker joined the Gunners in 2017 from Lyon for a reported £52.7m fee.

Lacazette was Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions last season, with 17 goals to his name.

However, he has not scored 20 or more goals in a single campaign since his move to the club.

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And last season, Mikel Arteta handed Lacazette 22 starts in the Premier League, a fairly low amount for one of the club’s top players.

In addition, he is now in the final year of his £182,000-a-week contract at the Emirates.

And according to McGarry, Arsenal are really hoping to sell some of their more experienced players in order to bring in new recruits.

“Arsenal are desperately, desperately, and as we said aggressively, marketing some of their higher-paid players in order to put money back into the budget with regards to how the club moves forward,” he said, as transcribed by The Express.

“Alexandre Lacazette is one of the players they are desperate to sell.

“In doing so they would get a transfer fee, they don’t mind if the fee was obviously less than what they paid for the player.

“Because his contract is so expensive, they would happily accept a lower fee in order to get him off the wage bill, and in doing so make room for younger players who Mikel Arteta has identified as the future of Arsenal, rather than the present or the past.

“So Arsenal very much in a position where they need to sell before they can buy.”

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Once again, Arsenal find themselves with an expensive player nearing the end of his contract and no resolution.

From £52.7m to potentially £15m-£20m, according to The Telegraph, but next season, he could leave for nothing.

Arsenal have struggled with their top players’ contract situations in recent years.

Hopefully they’ve turned a corner, as we’ve seen with extensions to Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and, more recently, Kieran Tierney.

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