Unai Emery’s first season at Arsenal hasn’t panned out to be as successful as he had desired.
Indeed, a poor defensive structure, inconsistency and internal issues have plagued his side throughout. However, even in the darkest times, one player’s acted as their shining beacon of hope.
Alexandre Lacazette has leapt over Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to become the Gunnars’ most important striker right now. Despite witnessing almost everything crumble beside him, he’s kept up the confidence-level to free Emery’s side from difficult predicaments.
However, his excellent performances have reportedly attracted quite the attention.
According to reports (via The Express), Barcelona are highly interested in the Frenchman and want him as Luis Suarez’s replacement. Now, clearly, resisting a move to the Spanish champions wouldn’t really be that easy. Indeed, Lacazette might be loyal to the cause right now, but Emery needs to grant him assurances in keeping him at North London.
There’s no doubting the fact that Arsenal are well below the Blaugrana in the footballing food chain, so they’ll need to prove there are big plans in place at the Emirates if the interest from Spain really is there.
The 27-year-old’s scored 19 goals in all competitions this season, proving an absolute lethal force in attack. Lacazette’s impressive movement, relentless surge and peak finishing ability have delighted fans throughout the season. Losing him would be akin to bring similar consequences Robin van Persie’s did back in 2012. Scary.
Frankly, Arsenal’s team needs to be built around Lacazette next season.
Emery must recognize his world-class striker’s importance and make appropriate signings to benefit his development. Aubameyang can take a back-seat on spearheading Arsenal’s attack from the next campaign. The Frenchman is Emery’s biggest weapon in getting back into the glory days and letting him leave would break the foundations the Spaniard’s set up in the early stages of his Arsenal tenure.
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