How Arsenal could line up next season with Lacazette and Lemar
Date: 30th June 2017 at 8:33am
Arsenal have had bids turned down for Alexander Lacazette and Thomas Lemar this summer.
Arsene Wenger is determined to improve his squad to guarantee a swift return to the Champions League next season.
It’s expected that the Gunners will go back in for both player, with Lyon suggested to be holding out for close to £50m for Lacazette. Last month , the prolific striker revealed he would be open to a move to a club outside the Champions League places.
The possibility of securing a deal for Lemar are less likely. With Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy and Fabinho being linked with moves away, Monaco are unwilling to relinquish all of their top stars.
Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have just a year to run on their current deals and it appears that both Lacazette and Lemar are being lined up as replacements for the duo.
Here’s how Arsenal’s 3-4-3 could look should the pair arrive at The Emirates…
AT THE BACK
Expect Petr Cech to remain in goal for the Gunners, with both Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina linked with moves away from North London. Cech was far from formidable last season, but Arsenal fans would argue that neither Szczesny or Ospina has proven they have safer hands than the 35 year-old.
As for the trio of centre-backs – Rob Holding’s superb performances towards the end of the season belied his youth and is almost a certainty for regular football next season. Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi will pair up with the youngster to form a back three.
IN THE MIDDLE
On the judgement that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains at The Emirates, the Englishman just pips Hector Bellerin to the right-wing-back spot, with Sead Kolasinac to be given a chance on the opposite flank.
Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey appeared to be forming a solid partnership towards the end of the season, though with Santi Cazorla expected to return, the Spaniard is likely to replace the Welshman in the middle.
There’s no space for Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi or for Mesut Ozil. Despite the German’s 12 goals and 14 assists in all competitions, the German failed to deliver throughout much of the league season.
If signed, Thomas Lemar would likely operate on the right, with Alexis Sanchez (if he stays) to be positioned down the left.
Alexander Lacazette scored 37 goals in 45 games for Lyon last season. If the striker can achieve anywhere near that feat for the Gunners, it could propel them to the very top of the Premier League.