Arsenal ‘desperate to sell’ Alexandre Lacazette as Mikel Arteta transfer plan emerges

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Arsenal are reportedly “desperate to sell” the likes of Alexandre Lacazette. Frenchman Lacazette was Arsenal’s top scorer in all competitions last season with 17 goals to his name. However, he has been unable to hit 20 goals in a single campaign since his move to the club from Lyon in 2017.

Lacazette’s game time has often been restricted under Mikel Arteta, making just 22 Premier League starts last season.

Club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and academy graduate Eddie Nketiah have, at times, been preferred to the France international.

Lacazette turned 30 in May and has now entered the final year of his contract at the Emirates.

And it appears the Gunners are keen to shift his hefty wages off their books.

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Ian McGarry, speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast, says Arsenal are being “aggressive” in attempting to sell some of their most experienced players.

One of those is Lacazette as Mikel Arteta aims to implement younger players into his squad this summer.

McGarry said: “Arsenal are desperately, desperately, and as we said aggressively, marketing some of their higher-paid players in order to put money back into the budget with regards to how the club moves forward.

“Alexandre Lacazette is one of the players they are desperate to sell.

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“In doing so they would get a transfer fee, they don’t mind if the fee was obviously less than what they paid for the player.

“Because his contract is so expensive, they would happily accept a lower fee in order to get him off the wage bill, and in doing so make room for younger players who Mikel Arteta has identified as the future of Arsenal, rather than the present or the past.

“So Arsenal very much in a position where they need to sell before they can buy.”

Speaking in April, Arteta insisted talks with Lacazette over a new contract would happen this summer.

“I’m always happy when people talk about our players and speculate – that means they’re doing well and getting attention from other clubs,” Arteta said.

“The situation with Laca we will address in the summer and speak to him and just propose the future that we want, and that’s it.

“Up to now I just want players focused and only focused on performing and getting the best out of them for the team.”

However, it now appears the striker’s time at the Premier League club is coming to an end.

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