Arsene Wenger isn’t well known for digging deep and spending big but having seen a number of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals doing so, one imagines Gunners fans hope the Frenchman will follow suit.
Arsenal have already forked out around £30m to land impressive Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka and there are signs this won’t be the only time the purse-strings are loosened.
Speak to just about any Arsenal fan and they’ll more than likely tell you that a prolific striker is needed to help offer more of a threat in the final third.
Olivier Giroud works well in patches but does seem very much like a round peg in a square hole. Danny Welbeck has struggled to make an impact and has never been considered lethal in front of goal, and as such the answer to this problem isn’t within Wenger’s current squad.
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) £40m
The Lyon man is now being hotly pursued by Arsenal and the capture of the French international looks more plausible than speculation linking the North London side to Italian Euro 2016 star Alvaro Morata.
The 25-year-old is certainly effective in Ligue 1, scoring 48 goals in 67 appearances over the past two campaigns, but there are always question marks over a player’s ability to take a ‘step-up’ to the Premier League and this is a calculated risk Wenger may be ready to take. Karim Benzema would be a safer, if more expensive, alterantive.
Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) £25m
Per Mertesacker is beginning to creak and Gabriel Paulista is a bit of a liability and there is room for a strong partner for flawless defender Laurent Koscielny. As far as possible options go, Serbian Subotic would be ideal and many sources have discussed a move as a possibility.
The 27-year-old has spent eight seasons at the Westfalenstadion but could be the latest to jump ship with the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan having both left for the Premier League, to Man City and Man United respectively.
Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) £21m
The Swiss international is a perennial Arsenal target and a player who is high up on Wenger’s shopping list and the early summer capture of national team-mate Xhaka could aid such a move.
Nacho Monreal was solid, if not spectacular, last season and Rodriguez would offer far more going forward and is a better fit to Wenger’s style of play.
The 23-year-old is a set-piece specialist and could be open to leaving Wolfsburg as his side failed to secure a Champions League berth for 2016/17.
Potential Line-Up for 2016/17