Arsenal are looking set to allow their French striker Alexandre Lacazette to leave at the end of the season as his contract is set to expire at the end of the season. The Frenchman hasn’t had the best of time at Arsenal in the last season and a half though he has picked up form in the last few months. However, he hasn’t been able to make a space for himself in the Arsenal side with club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking up the spot of the lone striker in Mikel Arteta’s 4-2-3-1 setup.
Now reports have surfaced that contract extension talks between the club and the former Lyon striker have been progressing rather slowly as the Frenchman is not keen on agreeing on a new deal on lower wages and a move away for Lacazette could well be on cards. Here we look at three reasons why partings ways could be the best possible outcome for both parties:
He’s not getting any younger
Alexandre Lacazette is soon gonna be 30 and his prime might well be over, though he would still have some years left in him at the top level and this could prove to be just the right opportunity for Arsenal to cash in on him.
It is a widely established fact that this Arsenal side is carrying a Champions League wage budget on Europa League football. And with Alexandre Lacazette not willing to bulge on his wage demands Arsenal should be looking to get him off their wage books as they can’t afford another player who isn’t at the top of his game in the next couple of years on wages that would be a reflection of more of his past than his present.
Arsenal needs a new striker profile
In Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal have got a rapid striker who can run behind defenses and is a lethal finisher, however, what they’re missing currently is a Target man who can get at the end of the crosses and Alexandre Lacazette doesn’t have the physical game to play as a target man and moving him on could make space for a new striker.