Arsenal set sights on stellar £75m double raid that could end Premier League title droughtPublished July 24, 2016
Arsene Wenger is often pilloried for his aversion to spending vast sums in the transfer market by Arsenal fans and supporters of other sides alike, however if reports in the Sunday Mirror are to be believed then those doubters may have to start singing a different tune.
The North London side are readying big money moves for two top attacking additions that could go some way to fixing a very real ‘problem-area’ of Wenger’s squad.
Wenger is ready to spend £40m to bring in Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette and is set to make an opening offer of £35m for Leicester City man Riyad Mahrez.
For the last few seasons Arsenal have had to rely upon French international Olivier Giroud to provide the finishing touch in the final third and more often than not the big forward has been found wanting.
This isn’t to say the 29-year-old has proven a flop since his move to the club from Montpellier back in the summer of 2012, but it’s fair to say that Giroud is far from prolific.
Though he is something of a fan favourite, Giroud is well known for needing many bites of the cherry before firing home, his goals coming after many failed attempts.
Giroud’s tally of 57 goals from 135 Premier League appearances doesn’t make for great reading and as such interest in attacking additions will please Gunners fans.
Lacazette has been in red-hot form in recent seasons, the Lyon forward scoring 48 goals in 67 Ligue 1 appearances over the course of the past two campaigns.
The one-club man may be open to a fresh challenge and a high-profile move to Arsenal will certainly lead to a big pay-rise and perhaps more importantly could aid his push for a more prominent role in Didier Deschamps’ national team set-up.
Mahrez was a revelation at Leicester City last season, his tally of 17 goals and 11 assists being key to the Foxes amazing Premier League title triumph, and helping the French born Algerian international to secure the PFA Player of the Year award.
Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City are all said to be tracking the King Power Stadium man but Wenger hopes to beat them all to the punch.
One wonders where a successful move for either, or both, of these quality players could leave the likes of Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck in Wenger’s long-term plans?