A recent report from the Spanish media has suggested that Arsenal would be open to using Alexandre Lacazette as part of a swap deal for Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Lemar.
Lacazette’s Arsenal stint
Lacazette has been plying his trade in the Premier League for just shy of three years now.
The Gunners secured the Frenchman’s services from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon back in 2017 for a fee believed to be in the region of £46.5m.
For the most part, Lacazette has enjoyed a fairly prosperous stint in north London.
Across 114 appearances for Arsenal, Lyon-born Lacazette has scored 45 and assisted 21.
However, in recent times, the Arsenal hitman has struggled in front of goal, especially away from the Emirates.
In fact, Lacazette has not scored an away league goal for over a year, last doing so versus now-Championship outfit Fulham back in February of 2019.
Alexandre Lacazette’s last Premier League goal away from home: 9th February 2019
Mesut Özil’s last Premier League assist away from home: 30th January 2018
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Lacazette-Lemar swap on the cards?
As well as experiencing something of a goal drought, the 28-year-old’s future in north London has been called into question in recent months.
It was reported by The Times at the back end of February that Lacazette has an agreement with Arsenal that he’s free to leave if they don’t secure Champions League football for next season. The Gunners are currently 9th in the Premier League table, eight points adrift of 4th.
It was also reported by Goal in early March that Arsenal are keeping tabs on Gent forward Jonathan David, as they prepare for the possibility of losing at least one of their two main strikers, Lacazette or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in the upcoming window.
Now, as mentioned above, yet another report suggesting that Lacazette could depart Arsenal in the near future has emerged.
As per Spanish outlet AS, Lacazette is one of the players that most interests Atletico Madrid.
AS go on to claim that Arsenal are considering the possibility of a swap between Lacazette and Atletico’s Thomas Lemar.
Lemar made the move to the Wanda Metropolitano back in 2018 for a fairly hefty fee of around €70m, but the winger has since largely struggled to reach the heights that made him such a desirable target for the Spanish outfit in the first place.
In 67 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side, Lemar has netted just three and assisted six.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.