The French striker has been at the center of a transfer saga that has gone on for three seasons now, with the Emirates Stadium always being touted as his most likely destination. However, nothing has ever come to fruition, and he has remained in France and has continued to bang in the goals for his club.
The Gunners are known to be uptight when it comes to spending, and it has led to several protests by fans against the club’s owner and Arsene Wenger. The unrest reached its peak last season, as the club failed to qualify for the Champions League, and Wenger seemed destined to leave.
As a result, despite claims from the French boss that he will only sign three players this summer (one of them already having arrived in the form of Sead Kolasinac), it appears that the Arsenal hierarchy have finally cracked, and are ready to support Wenger fully in their quest to regain their Champions League status and hopefully put up a title fight.
Lacazette’s price has continued to increase over the past couple of seasons, but it appears that the Gunners are finally ready to splash the cash and smash their current transfer record – a £42 million (€48m) fee they paid Real Madrid in 2013 to sign Mesut Özil.
The striker was actually destined for Atletico Madrid this summer, as Lyon had reached an agreement with the Spanish side, but the deal was forced to shut down due to Atleti being banned from signing players till 2018.
Arsenal fans have been drooling over reports that an agreement has been met between Lyon and their club over the 26-year-old’s transfer, and understandably so. The club lack a world-class striker, and despite Olivier Giroud’s superb output last season, he just isn’t a 30-goal-a-season striker, and Arsenal haven’t had one of those since Robin van Persie, who ended up leaving for Manchester United.
Lacazette has an incredible record of 129 goals in 275 games for Lyon, and he managed to score 37 of those in 45 appearances last season – a ridiculously good tally. With several reports suggesting Sanchez could be on his way to Manchester City, Lacazette’s signing will serve as a timely boost, and could turn out to be an equally good replacement.
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