Alexandre Lacazette ‘considering exit from Arsenal’ as he grows frustrated with lack of games under Unai Emery
- Alexandre Lacazette growing frustrated with lack of playing time at Arsenal
- The striker has started all three games this season on the substitutes bench
- Clubs in Spain, France and Germany have 48 hours to launch a transfer bid
The French striker became the club’s most expensive signing after joining from Lyon in a deal worth £53million last summer and scored 18 goals in his debut season at the Emirates Stadium.
However, Arsenal’s decision to spend £60m on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January window pushed Lacazette out of the first XI – he has started all three of this season’s Premier League games on the bench.
Alexandre Lacazette celebrates Arsenal’s second goal in the recent win over West Ham United
With new manager Unai Emery clearly leaning towards the Gabon international in his pecking order, Lacazette is reportedly starting to wonder whether he should cut his losses and leave north London just a year after arriving.
A lack of form and fitness saw him deemed only good enough for a standby place in France’s World Cup squad this summer, but he would be of interest to a number of top clubs should he become available.
The transfer windows in Spain, France and Germany do not close until Friday and it is possible that Arsenal could be tempted into a sale should they be offered much of what they originally paid for him.
Lacazette has been pushed out of the first XI by record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Emery has previously been told that Arsenal’s squad needs trimming down with the recent arrivals of Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan pushing the wage bill beyond their means.
Selling Lacazette, although not ideal from a footballing standpoint, would go a long way to balancing the books. Danny Welbeck, who scored against West Ham on Saturday, could also move away under similar circumstances.
With only 48 hours left to broker a huge deal, however, it appears much more likely that Lacazette will give life at Arsenal six more months before making a firm decision in January.
Lacazette looks frustrated after missing a chance to score for Arsenal against West Ham