When Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka in June, there was excitement in the air for the fans of Arsenal as we thought Arsene Wenger had departed from the norm of slothfulness in the transfer window. Alas, Xhaka is the only experienced player signed at Arsenal hitherto despite the links to other top-notch players.
Over these few days, it is gradually becoming clearer who Arsenal are truly linked and who they can sign.
Aleksandre Lacazette was on the top of Arsenal transfer list but the French club rebuffed Arsenal’s offer for the player. Following that £29.7million bid made for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, we’ve had to feed off of rumours each and every day as to whether Arsene Wenger would go back in for the 25-year-old.
The French forward has been in top form for club since the opening of this season. He has scored five goals in six games so far and has ruled out the possibility of joining Arsenal.
Alexandre Lacazette on Friday: "I do not think I will be leaving Lyon. Everything is going well here." pic.twitter.com/vrdOZRYBTv
— Fresh Arsenal (@Fresh_Arsenal) August 22, 2016
A Skysports pundit revealed why Arsenal failed to sign the free-scoring striker.
“After Lyon bumped their price up to at least £50million, it appears Wenger is not willing to spend the £20million over his original valuation and is instead playing hard ball.
I’ve been talking to people in France about it and what’s happened is Batshuayi went to Chelsea from Marseille for £30m and Arsenal put him at the same price as Lacazette.
They don’t want to go much higher, they don’t want to pay £50m for someone they rate as a pretty similar player.
You look at their stats and they’re pretty similar. Ok, Batshuayi has four goals less than Lacazette’s 21, but shots on target and just in general they’re similar.
So Arsenal are probably thinking why should we pay £50m when Chelsea have paid £30m for a boy from Marseille with similar statistics to his name.”
Oliver Giroud is currently the only out-and-out attacker at Arsenal and Wenger’s transfer market indolence might eventually cost us the title.