When your best striker can only score 16 league goals, you probably won’t be winning the league and hence it is not a surprise to neutrals that Arsenal did not win the Premier League last season.
Unless Wenger signs a striker this summer, the Gunners are not any more likely to win the league and considering the businesses done by Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham so far this season, it will not be a surprise if the Gunners don’t make the top four next season. A striker signing this summer is simply a must.
According to reports, Arsene Wenger is ready to table an improved £41.8m offer for Lyon and France international striker Alexandre Lacazette, after the initial £33.4m offer was rejected by French club Lyon, according to reports.
The Arsenal boss has been extremely busy looking out for a new top forward this summer transfer window, and has been forced to search elsewhere, after the club was turned down by England international Jamie Vardy, despite activating his release clause. The England striker opted to remain with Premier League champions Leicester City.
The London club have been linked with several strikers this summer, but Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain and Lacazette are undoubtedly the most likely targets.
However, Napoli’s outrageous asking price for Higuain has made the Arsenal boss to move for Lacazette, as reports this evening reveal that the Gunners are lining-up an improved bid for the striker.
Although Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas recently confirmed Arsenal have not made a bid for the player, the fact that Lyon have since been linked with the signing of Roger Martinez from Racing club tells a story.
Despite a difficult start to the season, Lacazette still went on to score 23 goals in 44 matches for French club Lyon last season.
Personally, I believe it makes sense going for a younger striker. Lacazette is a better option than paying the ridiculous amount Napoli are demanding for Higuain, who will soon be 29. If you ask me, I believe Wenger is merely using the media to divert attention from his real targets. I simply can’t see Wenger playing £79 million for anyone.
Many Arsenal fans who do not want Lacazette do not want him simply because Giroud keeps him on the bench at national-team level, but I personally am of the opinion that Didier Dechamps merely prefers Giroud. It does not necessarily follow that Giroud is better. After all, how can one explain Lacazette not going to the Euros and André-Pierre Gignac making it?