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Arsenal to sell Alexandre Lacazette to land Houssem Aouar?

The Frenchman had a disappointing 2019/2020 season with the Gunners where he netted only 12 goals, but he has started the current campaign in fine form with goals in back-to-back matches.

Despite this, there has been constant speculation regarding his future and The Independent claims that the Gunners are giving serious thought to cashing in on his services.

Lacazette currently has less than two years remaining on his contract and the north London side could sell him with the emergence of Eddie Nketiah as a quality striker.

The capital outfit face the compulsion to sell players in order to recoup funds for new purchases. Lyon’s Houssem Aouar is one of the prime targets for Mikel Arteta and Lacazette’s sale could cover up a major part of the £50m price tag for the midfielder.

The Gunners have already sold Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for £20m. They are currently in the process of offloading Lucas Torreira with Atletico Madrid keen on signing him.

Pepe out to prove a point as Arsenal’s £72m man enters make-or-break season

When Nicolas Pepe arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 2019, there was a sense of excitement around the signing not felt at the Emirates Stadium since Mesut Ozil’s deadline day move from Real Madrid in 2013.

The Gunners had splashed out a club record £72 million ($95m) to land the Ivory Coast international from Lille, a figure that dwarfed the previous record of £56m ($79m) which was paid to Borussia Dortmund for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

For their money, Arsenal had landed themselves a player who had scored 22 times for Lille during the 2018-19 season – a goal tally which played a key role in the French club’s second-placed finish in Ligue 1.

Pepe was seen as the man who would come in and immediately make his mark at Arsenal, but it has not quite worked out like that for the winger.

There were flashes of real quality during his first season in England, but consistency proved to be a problem. Despite that, though, he still finished his maiden Arsenal campaign with 10 goals and eight assists.

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For a player having to adjust to a new club and the most demanding league in the world, that is not a bad return. And that is before you factor in the problems Arsenal faced last season that led to them having three different managers.

The problem for Pepe, however, is that he will always be judged on his transfer fee and so for that reason, this is a huge year for the former Lille star.

It feels like a make or break season for him at Arsenal already.

 

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