Arsenal are due to announce the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, but the Gunners may have twice the boost as the Frenchman’s arrival could persuade Alexis Sanchez to stay.
That’s the opinion of Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn. The ex-Gunners believes the signing is a statement of intent by Arsenal.
“I think it was obvious to Arsenal fans and to Arsene Wenger that one of those areas to strengthen is the centre forward position,” Winterburn told Sky Sports News HQ. “I am hoping Giroud will stay, I still feel he is valuable to the team as well. Arsenal know they need quality to help them challenge for the title.
“I hope the Lacazette deal leaves [Sanchez] at the club. He can play on the left, up front or in the hole. Arsenal cannot afford to bring in Lacazette then two weeks later Sanchez leaves.
“I am hoping Wenger can persuade him to stay for another season, see what happens with the team then sign a new contract.”
Sanchez is a player in demand this summer. The winger has just one year to run on his current deal at The Emirates, but Arsene Wenger has stressed that he intends to keep the Chilean.
If the forward does remain in the Arsenal ranks, the potential partnership he could form with Lacazette and Mesut Ozil is mouthwatering for Gooners.
Arsenal supporters will be hoping the arrival of Lacazette has changed the landscape at The Emirates and a change of heart from Alexis Sanchez.