After Jamie Vardy’s snub Arsenal are still searching for another striker to support Olivier Giroud up front next season. Although the names of both Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette have been singing around for quite some time now, new reports suggest that at least one of these players will be signed. According to The Sun it’s Romelu Lukaku who Wenger would love to sign the most. If that won’t happen, his second choice is to sign Alexandre Lacazette.
Obviously, Romelu Lukaku won’t need much introduction. He was at the European Championship with Belgium but they were eliminated by Wales in the quarter-finals, leaving the Belgians with a bitter taste as they had expected to at least reach the semi-finals. He scored twice against Ireland in the group stage. In last season he scored 25 goals in 46 appearances for Everton in all competitions. It is rumored that new Everton boss Ronald Koeman is not planning to sell Lukaku and therefore demands a transfer fee in the region of £65 million.
Should that deal collapse however, Wenger is expected to move for Olympique Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette. Lacazette has been on Wenger’s radar for quite some time as Le Professeur has watched him personally in Lyon a number of times already. Lacazette is expected to be available for around £38 million. With 23 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Lyon, Lacazette certainly showed he knows how to score a goal.
The report suggests that Wenger has spoken with both players’ representatives last week and is eager to sign a new striker before the team embark on a pre-season tour in America later this month. Personally I really like the idea of signing Romelu Lukaku. He is a force to be reckoned with, and his strength makes him a tough opponent to come up against. Personally I don’t know too much about Alexandre Lacazette so I am in the middle on that one. We will have to see how things work out. The fact that Arsenal do need a new striker seems obvious as I don’t expect us to go into another season with only one main striker.