No champions league football, out of the Europa league, off the pace in the premier league. Arsenal’s season has become a financial imposition which will impact on the club’s transfer plans for the next few seasons.
The upshot of this new failure in the Europa League is that the funding for Arteta’s revolution will see a major reduction in available cash, and to use a basic analogy, he may be required to sell off the family silver to keep the roof on the house.
You don’t need to be an accountant or maths genius to know that they may have to generate close to £90m for the Spanish coach to implement his summer transfer plans.
That allows for a drop in quality and type of player that the coach will now have to source, because it’s unlikely that Arsenal are going to go to the top end of the market.
This will mean a reliance on the scouting network now in the hands of Edu, to unearth the next Martinelli.
So looking forward, it’s clear that something major has to give and Alexandre Lacazette looks to be favorite to go rather than Aubameyang in the summer.
If Arsenal can convince the Gabonese striker to stay put, offloading Lacazette makes perfect sense.
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The latest valuation for the 28-year-old Frenchman is £63m and although I would personally like to see him stay, the money generated for their transfer plans could finance the arrival of likes of Thomas Partey (£42m) or Dayot Upamecano (£50)
The emergence of Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah will also make the move more likely as Arsenal start looking to the future.
They also have highly rated, clinical finisher, Tyreece John-Jules, who is expected to be knocking hard on the first team door.
All this in reserve plus Lacazette’s fluctuating form may go some way to explain his release, should it go ahead.
There have also been rumors that Laca wants champions league football next season, which is another solid reason for his departure and the ideal time for both the club and the player would be the summer.
Yes, it’s speculation but Arsenal will look to move on one established striker under the circumstances to assist Arteta in his rebuild. Who would you prefer?