Arsenal’s Big Summer Blowout Must Include a Massive Lacazette Sale

Knowing when to sell is an under-appreciated part of recruitment. Arsenal should cash in on Lacazette at the end of this season
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Arsenal might be looking at refreshing its forward line in the summer and that needs to begin with Lacazette. | Source: Shutterstock.com
  • Mikel Arteta needs funds to reshape the squad in his image.
  • Lacazette has been disappointing this season and will turn 29 in May.
  • Arsene Wenger recognized the importance of cashing in at the right time – Arteta should follow suit.

Alexandre Lacazette was voted Arsenal’s Player of the Year last season. The France international scored 19 goals in all competitions. He also impressed with his link-up and combination play. Arsenal may have missed out on Champions League qualification, but Lacazette did all he could to get them there.

It has been a different story this term. The striker has found the net just six times in 22 appearances.

Lacazette was linked with a move away from Arsenal in the January transfer window. Atletico Madrid were among his reported suitors. He will no doubt be a transfer target for other clubs in the summer too. Mikel Arteta should cash in on his No.9.

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Lacazette has struggled this season

Arsenal have endured a difficult campaign up to now. They were dire towards the end of Unai Emery’s tenure. And although performances have improved under Arteta, results have not yet followed. Arsenal may have lost just one of their last eight Premier League encounters. But they have only won one too.

Hector Bellerin has rightly noted that Arsenal have been inefficient in front of goal. Lacazette has been particularly guilty in that regard.

The Frenchman is not among the Premier League players who have missed the most big chances. But that is arguably even more worrying. Lacazette is simply not getting into good enough scoring positions.

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Arsenal should listen to offers

One of Arsene Wenger’s major strengths was his ability to sell players at the optimum time. The likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Adebayor enjoyed the best periods of their careers at Arsenal. Wenger maximised the transfer fee his club received. But none of the above trio improved after they left north London behind.

Arteta should take a leaf out of his former manager’s book. Lacazette turns 29 in May. He is under contract until June 2022.

If Arsenal do not sell him this summer, he will have just 18 months remaining on his deal by the time the next transfer window opens. That would give the player control of the situation.

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Instead, Arsenal should welcome offers for the striker at the end of this season. Lacazette is not a bad player. He was the Gunners’ best last term, and may well get over his current run of poor form.

Even so, Arsenal should cash in this summer. Under Arteta, they must become more adept at selling players as well as buying them.

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