Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for Alexander Lacazette after speculation continues to gather around the Lyon striker, as per ESPN.
Wenger was asked about Lacazette by the french TV outlet Canal+ sport, He said:
“I neither confirm, or do not confirm anything at all, because the transfer market is open until Aug. 31. Even in our job we have the right to change our opinion if we have one.”
“Personally I like a lot of players but if I say that to you it opens up speculation.”
Now that’s very interesting because normally Wenger just denies any speculation surrounding the club.
Lacazette has been linked to Arsenal from last season and has caught the attention of many Premier League team including Tottenham and West Ham. The latter are understood to have had two bids for the striker already rejected.
Lacazette has also been linked to Juventus according to Calciomercato Juventus and reportedly said that he would prefer a move to Juventus. With all these speculations flying around, Wenger would normally come out and out-rightly deny everything if he wasn’t interested.
With Lacazette, this shows that there’s a concrete interest from Arsenal. They are definitely considering him. Lacazette has played over 200 matches across all competitions for Lyon since 2010, scoring over 80 goals. In 2014–15 he was Ligue 1‘s top scorer with 27 goals in 33 games, and also the UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year.
With his goal scoring record and what I’ve seen of him, it would make perfect sense to try and bring him in. He’s a prolific goalscorer and French; so straight away there is a connection with Arsene Wenger.
Lacazette would also profit from his move to Arsenal. He missed the chance to represent his nation in the European championship, as Martial and co. have beaten him to the spot. If he was playing for Arsenal, that would push him right back up the picking order with the World Cup around the corner in 2 years time. He’s only 25 and has a lot of time to prove himself at the biggest stage.
As a Gooner I’ve learnt over the years not to get too excited about transfer rumors. Too many times have I had my hopes dashed when the transfer never materializes.
Getting Lacazette for £45million is a bargain for the number of goals he scores every season. But as we know the only bargains are players that work out regardless of price.
We need big money signings, people are starting to think we can’t attract the top names. Let’s see if this holds up and gets done before the end of the Euros.