With a week to go until this highly frustrating transfer window comes to an end, Arsenal fans are finally starting to get some answers on the clubs targets.
Whilst all of the talk surrounds when and if Shkodran Mustafi will be featuring in a Gunners jersey this season, there’s one name that’s managed to fade into the distance.
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.
Lacazette has been making the headlines all by himself though, having bagged five goals in Lyon’s opening two Ligue 1 games, and he now tops the European leagues top goalscorer charts.
And if the French international hasn’t already dampened the spirits of the supporters enough with his recent comments, Tony Cascarino has now confirmed to Sky Sports why Arsenal won’t bid again.
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
He states that during the early weeks of the summer window, Wenger rated Lacazette alongside Michy Batshuayi, who later moved to Chelsea for £30million.
And 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.
We don’t need to remind you that Arsenal are getting pretty desperate for a centre forward, and the recent performances of Alexis don’t provide much hope for the season.
What scares me is that because of Wenger’s attitude, he’ll look to play Alexis in more of an attacking role this year in order to justify the decision not to purchase a striker.
If that’s the case then I really can’t see him getting a contract extension, we’ve needed a striker since Robin van Persie left us, and unfortunately we’re still searching.