A new twist in Arsenal’s pursuit of Alexandre Lacazette has emerged after his club, Lyon, have confirmed that they have rejected the Gunners’ €35m offer for the forward.
Referring to a Le Progres report which claimed Arsenal had offered €48 million for Lacazette, the Ligue 1 club issued a statement saying that was untrue and that the bid had actually been only €35m.
Lyon said they had not responded to Arsenal’s offer because the France international is “irreplaceable.”
The club released an official statement said:
“Lyon categorically deny having received a 48m euro offer for the transfer of Alexandre Lacazette as reported by ‘Le Progres’ this morning.
“The club regrets that once more ‘Le Progres’ has not taken the time to contact it before publishing this false information which creates confusion on the day that the Olympique Lyonnais group publishes its annual turnover of 218.1m Euros, an increase of 111% on 2014/15 figures.
“The reality is that Arsenal Football Club formulated a 35m Euros offer which Olympique Lyonnais has not considered for the sole reason that OL will keep Alexandre Lacazette who is considered irreplaceable and one of the key leaders of Bruno Genesio’s squad.”
Lacazette has been inconsistent at times for Lyon, but an explosive end to the season has seen him confirm his status as a top striker. He scored 11 in his last ten league matches, including an impressive hat-trick against AS Monaco.
He missed out on the France Euro 2016 squad to many people’s surprise, with Didier Deschamps preferring to rely on two target men in Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac.
In terms of his overall play, Lacazette is good at retaining the ball, and has quick feet, which enables him to skip through challenges. He sometimes drops deeper and has the ability to play nice through balls to midfielders running into the box. He is a complete forward, capable of playing a number of roles and would provide another dimension to the Arsenal attack.
The Frenchman is pacy, and has a quick turn of acceleration, which causes defence nightmares. Although he isn’t the biggest, he is aggressive and strong for his size, allowing him to hold off challenges.
The physicality of the Premier League wouldn’t be an issue for the Frenchman. There are a few weaknesses to his game, including his consistency as he can go through a run of games struggling to influence the play.
He can also struggle aerially, but that would not have been an issue if Arsenal signed him, as they like to keep the floor on the deck.