Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette leaving club could be good news for four team-mates | Football | Sport
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has reportedly made a decision on his future amid speculation over a possible departure. The Frenchman’s contract expires next year and renewed terms do not appear on the horizon.
Lacazette has endured a couple of frustrating seasons. He scored just 13 Premier League goals last term and has managed just one since the start of the current campaign.
The forward has begun just 24 top-flight fixtures since the beginning of last season and speculation has mounted over his future.
He has now apparently made a decision over where he will play his football next term.
According to reports in the Spanish media, the France international will sensationally snub any new contract offer from the Gunners and will leave after five years at the club.
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Norwegian Odegaard would surely be guaranteed a place in the Arsenal team if Lacazette departs.
Arteta has generally used the forward in one of the supporting roles behind Auameyang, and Odegaard would be able to take that place more frequently.
The £30m signing from Real Madrid, who impressed on loan at the Emirates Stadium last season, has played in all eight Premier League games for which he has been available.
His stunning free kick against Burnley earned Arteta’s side their first away win of the season in September.
Former England U21 striker Nketiah had the opportunity to leave Arsenal in the summer. The 22-year-old was in negotiations with Crystal Palace but decided to fight for his place.
That is quite a difficult task at the Gunners, with Lacazette and Aubameyang already competing for the one centre-forward role in Arteta’s team.
Nketiah has hardly made the most of his rare opportunities, either. He has scored just 15 times for the club in 67 appearances.
However, he does have two goals in two EFL Cup appearances this term. He is yet to feature in the Premier League.
Gabriel Martinelli and Nicholas Pepe
Both Martinelli and Pepe have had to contend with vast competition for places on the wings. Lacazette has often been forced wide in Arteta’s team.
That has meant that the duo have struggled to maintain any consistency during their Arsenal careers.
In Martinelli’s instance, frequent long-term injuries have also stalled his development.
Lacazette’s departure would surely allow both players to feature regularly.
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