Report: 'Phenomenal' Arsenal player has now decided his next destination
Alexandre Lacazette will join his former club Lyon this summer as a free agent at the end of his Arsenal contract.
The Athletic report that the 31-year-old striker has decided his next destination already after his Gunners deal ran out.
Lacazette was Arsenal’s club record signing at £46.5 million, as reported by BBC Sport, when he joined them back in July 2017.
Now, he will leave for free, and the report also says that the Frenchman would not have been a Gunners player at all if Arsene Wenger had been able to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang first.
Lacazette will join Lyon
The report on Lacazette reads: “At 31, he will now leave the club. The Athletic understands he is set to rejoin Lyon.
“Arsenal and then-manager Arsene Wenger had looked closely at the Frenchman in the summer of 2016, choosing instead to pursue the likes of Jamie Vardy.
“The following year, with alternatives thin on the ground, he was persuaded to plump for countryman Lacazette.
“Staff at Arsenal admitted that had they signed Aubameyang first, they would not have also gone for Lacazette.”
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and Sporting Director Vincent Ponsot underlined their desire to sign ‘phenomenal‘ Lacazette last month.
The return to his former club makes sense for all parties and Arsenal need to move on with a new frontman – or two – next season.
The biggest difference between Tottenham and Arsenal last season was the quality of their strikers and Mikel Arteta needs to find one who is capable of firing in the goals more regularly than Lacazette did last season.