Monday 25 July 2016

Alexander Lacazette To Finally Become A Gunner? Arsenal Boost In Striker Chase

With Higuain off to Juventus and Morata looking like he will not leave Real Madrid soon, Arsenal are day by day running out of options and, if Wenger does not stop his constant dithering, we may soon run out of time to land a top striker.

We all know we won't spend what is needed to sign Aubameyang, who I sincerely believe could be available for the right price, and to make it worse, the Gabonese has confirmed he will not be leaving Dortmund and that if he leaves, he will only leave for Real Madrid. That means we have no chance of getting him unless he goes to Madrid and flops and we are his escape route.

However, if news emanating from Italy is anything to go by, Arsenal might have been presented a golden chance of getting a striker finally. According to reports yesterday, which we reported here, Napoli are trying to sign Lacazette as a replacement for Higuain who is Juventus bound. However, newer reports have it that the Naples-based club are on the verge of signing Mauro Icardi instead.

However, now that Napoli are on the verge of signing Icardi, it means one club who could potentially rival Arsenal for the signing of Alexander Lacazette is now out of the equation. Also, reports from the French media have it that PSG are not ready to pay Lyon's asking price of €50 million. Another potential rival is out of the race there too.

This situation could work perfectly in our favour as the less clubs that are interested in signing the Frenchman, the lower the chances of the price sky-rocketing. And as we know, Wenger hates a bidding war.

However, Inter Milan will be needing a striker to replace Icardi and could well come in for Lacazette. Given that Inter will have money from the sale of Icardi, they may be willing to go 'ridiculous' on a transfer fee. Although the lack of Champions League football could work against Inter Milan as Lacazette is very unlikely to leave Lyon, who will be playing in the Champions League next season, for a club who will not be playing in Europe at all.

Regardless of what happens in the next few days, Wenger and his management team need to know we can't go into another season without having bought the right players in the transfer window. We have managed success in the race for the top four on many occasions, but with the likes of West Ham having more money to spend, and Tottenham and Leicester City's teams of last season still very much intact, Arsenal stand a great risk of missing out on the top four next season if the right thing is not done this summer.

Many may argue we need to drop out of the top four to finally get serious on the transfer front. However, that's so wrong. If we are in the top four with Champions League football guaranteed and we struggle to get what we need, how much worse will it be when Kroneke doesn't have the money from UEFA? Missing out on the top four could mean half of the team will be sold and youngsters will be played instead until we sneak back into fourth.

My faith in the American and Wenger is that low to be honest.

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