If a club offered us £40m for Alexandre Lacazette right now – would you take it?
The vast majority of us would. The money would represent a good chance to reinvest – and for a player at his physical peak, Lacazette didn’t deliver this season.
But we should look at this objectively.
Lacazette only a season ago was voted our Player of the Season. The Frenchman typified what we wanted from our players in a season when we were struggling to define what type of team we wanted to be.
He was tigerish, he was skilful, he had flair but with steel. Lacazette also scored some incredible goals too.
This season, his numbers have not been good enough, but there are reasons for this. He has flitted in and out of the side, the first half of the season saw our number nine injured too, so match rhythm has been a stranger to Lacazette.
When he did get a run in the team toward the end of the season? Lacazette became instrumental again.
Rumours are circulating that Lacazette is in talks with Juventus – a club that can offer him Champions League football. But Arteta’s revolution could be a lucrative option still for Laca – although other rumours are that the French striker is part of a list of players Arteta wants to offload in order to fund the transfers he wants to make.
Lacazette is much more than goals. His link-up play around the box and his hold-up play have been intrinsic in many of Aubameyang’s goals. Lacazette has also shown that when it matters, he can come up with the goods – his control for his goal against Tottenham was sheer beauty.
Some will say that we should move Auba centrally and sign another wide forward such as Dembele from Barca, but with his track record there is still doubt on that front. Whereas with Laca, if he is played regularly he will come up with the goods.
If Laca leaves, we don’t have a player like him in our ranks – and the money we bring in will struggle to replace him.
In terms of sell or keep? I’d keep Lacazette.