Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have been dealt a suckerpunch in their hopes of strengthening their squads in January as one of their prime targets, Alexandre Lacazette, declares his willingness to spend his career in Lyon according to repoorts.
Lacazette has been tracked by a host of Premier League sides since last summer after a string of promising performances since making his debut in 2010, with Arsenal and Liverpool more serious in capturing him over the summer. Wenger was believed to be interested in launching a sensational bid for the energetic youngster but met with resistance from the Lyon board, as they value him as one of their brightest assests for the future. Lacazette has been in blistering form this season, with 9 goals in 11 appearances, including a stunning hat-trick in Lyon’s 3 nil demolition of Lille three weeks ago.
He seems not to be impressed by the lure of the biggest League in the world, pledging his future to the Stade le Gerland as long as he continues to get what he wants from there.
“It’s not just me to factor into the decision, It also requires that the team remains alignes with my expectations and that I continue to progress”, Lacazette said.
“Personally, it woould not bother me to spend my time at Lyon”
Both Arsenal and Liverpool have struggled for goals this season but while the Gunners have often been bailed out by one of our summer acquisitions in Alexis Sanchez, Liverpool have not got much joy from Mario Balotelli. The maverick Italian’s solitary strike for the Reds remains the one against Ludogorets on Champions League Match Day 1 and with Daniel Sturridge unavailable to dissipate the ghosts of injuries, Brendan Rodgers is scampering for solutions in the January window. The Liverpool boss has even set his sights on recalling on-loan striker, Divock Origi, from Lille to give him more options in attack.
On our part, Lacazette would have given us more firepower to supplement Welbeck, Walcott, Alexis and the injured Olivier Giroud. The young frenchman has blistering pace and an interesting way of switching his feet on the ball which makes a delight to watch.
Le Prof had stated that his main desire would be to bring in defensive players to boost our depleted back four, but an attacking player is also believed to be within his sights, with especial focus on youngsters who could go on to feature long-term. Lacazette could still be a target in the future, but it’s out of the question for January.
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