Arsene Wenger has swiftly responded to Lyon’s claims over Alexandre Lacazette’s potential transfer.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Lacazette this summer as Wenger is desperate to strengthen his attacking options.

French publication Le Progres yesterday claimed the north Londoners had offered £40m for the 25-year-old.

But Lyon were quick to rule out those claims in a statement released on their Twitter account.

The French club claimed the offer they knocked back from Arsenal was actually only worth £29m.

And now, while speaking ahead of his boys’ friendly clash with MLS All-Stars in California, Wenger cleared out all the doubts.

“Lyon are comfortable with their own statements,” said the Frenchman.

“I think in situations like this it is always best to keep things as secret as possible.

“If we sign someone, we will announce it. Until then, I can’t say much more than that.”
Lacazette made 34 top-flight appearances last season, netting an outstanding 21 goals as Lyon secured a second place finish in Ligue 1.

He has a further three years to run on his current deal in France after putting pen to paper on an extension last summer.

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 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 pacey, and comes with a quick turn of acceleration, which causes sometimes 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.


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