Five players Arsenal should target to replace Alexandre Lacazette

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Five players Arsenal should target to replace Alexandre Lacazette

Is Lacazette’s Emirates spell over?

Alexandre Lacazette has come in for a lot of criticism during his Arsenal career, not least for the regularity of his goalscoring. Neither prolific nor an excellent hold-up player, he occupies a strange void where he is no longer the striker that Arsenal desperately need, despite his best efforts.

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In turn, it is no surprise to see the Frenchman linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, although his high wages mean that suitors have been hard to come by.

Rumours of a swap deal have also been floated, but again it is difficult to see many potential destinations. However, the links have not disappeared, meaning that Arsenal clearly expect bids for the Frenchman.

With that in mind, 101 takes a look at five potential replacements for the striker.

1.Dominic Calvert Lewin

The first of two expensive and perhaps outlandish options is Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Englishman is fantastic in the air, as well as possessing a good turn of pace and the ability to run in behind opposition defences.

With Arsenal’s game centring on crosses from Kieran Tierney, there is sound logic in moving for the Everton man as the focal point of Mikel Arteta’s attacks, and he would certainly thrive in tandem with the Scot.

Still just 24 years old, he would also fit Arsenal’s model of opting for younger players to rebuild their side, perfectly.

However, there are two major drawbacks that make him an unlikely acquisition until next summer at least. Firstly, he would likely command a fee far bigger than the £40.5 million that he is valued at by transfermarkt, with the English premium taking his value up closer towards the £70m mark one would imagine.

Secondly, it seems near on impossible that Everton would part ways with the target man in the final week of the window. They have recruited around Calvert-Lewin, bringing in accomplished crossers in the form of Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray in order to play to the Englishman’s strengths.

It seems incredibly unlikely that they throw that all away with one week to go in the window and no obvious backup. One to be shelved for 12 months.

2. Alexander Isak

Another expensive addition would be Real Sociedad forward Alexander Isak. The Swede netted 17 times last campaign in 34 La Liga appearances, and earned rave reviews at Euro 2020 thanks to his hold-up play and ability to glide past opponents.

At 21-years-old, he is nowhere near his prime, but remains a clinical finisher nonetheless. However, Real Sociedad have already recognised his prestigious talent and tied him down to a new contract earlier in the summer.

And, as per Spanish outlet AS, via the Sun, this new contract has upped his release clause from 60 million pounds to a whopping 86 million pounds, which Arsenal would almost certainly struggle to pay given their outlay already this transfer window.

Should he have another stellar season, he may be one that gets away from the Gunners.

3. Odsonne Edouard

Celtic frontman Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a move to Arsenal for the last two seasons, but has since seen his value plummet. Indeed, rather than the Gunners, it is Crystal Palace that are showing interest in his signature at present, with the Frenchman entering the final 12 months of his contract and Celtic desperate to receive a fee for him.

Should Arsenal be sniffing around the forward? Just 23, he has already racked up 86 goals in 177 appearances for Celtic, as well as providing 39 assists. He also has experience in both the Champions League and Europa league, and probably would not cost Arsenal significantly more than his 15 million pound market value.

The massive caveat, of course, is that there is no guarantee that he would bring improvements over current options. As has been proved time and time again, the Scottish league is vastly different to the Premier League, but it could certainly be one worth a punt if it gets to late in the window to move for a top number 9.

4. Luka Jovic

Arsenal have already raided Real Madrid this summer for Martin Odegaard, but could well return for another forgotten man should Lacazette depart the club. The man in question is none other than Luca Jovic, who has endured a tricky time at the Bernabeu since he joined the club in 2019.

With a hefty 56 million pound price tag on his shoulders, Jovic never really looked like living up to it, not that the form of Karim Benzema gave him too many opportunities to demonstrate his worth.

As such, a return to Eintracht Frankfurt on loan was forthcoming for the second half of the 2020-21 campaign, where game time was also hard to come by. Of those on the list, he would certainly be the riskiest, but could also potentially prove the most value for money option were Arsenal able to rekindle his form.

5. Sasa Kalajdzic

The final option is something of a wildcard in the form of Stuttgart’s forward Sasa Kalajdzic. The 24 year old Austrian would certainly offer Arteta some presence at the top of the pitch, standing at a hefty 2m (6 foot 6 inches) tall, which again would benefit the likes of Kieran Tierney.

To use a well-worn cliche, however, Kalajdzic is “not bad with his feet for a big man”, with nine of his seventeen bundesliga goals coming with his feet last campaign. If reports are to be believed, he was an option for Chelsea before they signed Romelu Lukaku, so there is clearly interest in his services.

Arsenal already have lines of communication with Stuttgart too, having loaned Dinos Mavropanos to the German outfit, and while Kalajdzic may well cost 30 million pounds or so, he would be a cheaper alternative to Calvert-Lewin if Arsenal choose to go down that route.

The biggest factor in Arsenal’s chase for a new forward is what they want their striker to do, and at the moment that seems as unclear to the team on the pitch as the fans watching.

Who would you go for to replace Lacazette?

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