Arsenal and Alexandre Lacazette would have been a match made in heaven.
Arsenal’s late flurry of business means their summer transfer activity is considerably better than it could have been.
For a long time, Granit Xhaka looked like being the only new face at the Emirates Stadium before Rob Holding, Lucas Perez, and Shkodran Mustafi arrived to ease the fears of the Gunners faithful.
That said, there is still a worrying lack of world-class striking options, and the one player that would have turned Arsenal’s summer from a good one to a great one is Lyon frontman Lacazette
If reports are to be believed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger went big in his attempt to sign the French international but he still fell short, meaning it is up to Perez, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck to score the goals that keep Arsenal in the top four and challenge for silverware.
At 25, Lacazette is approaching the peak of his career and with six goals in just three games already this season – and 98 in total for Lyon across 234 appearances – he is deadly in front of goal.
Arsenal will have seen Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrive at Manchester United and know they need a world-class forward to compete with him, Sergio Aguero and the like, but it was not to be.
That does not mean Arsenal are set for a poor season; they certainly have the players to compete. But Lacazette would have taken them to another level.