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Why Arsenal Needs To Sell Lacazette Come January's Transfer Window - Opinion

Arsenal continue to find themselves in turmoil this season as Mikel Arteta is desperate to turn his team into one that can fight for fourth place in the Premier League.

The club did their best in the transfer window and spent a lot of money on new signings over the summer, but real and significant changes have also meant a number of older players have had to move.

As a result, the club is expected to return to the transfer market in January and switch to underperforming players with expiring contracts.

And according to Calcio Mercato, the club have offered striker Alexander Lacazette to Milan in hopes of switching to a senior goalscorer.

Then why didn't Arsenal sell the French striker so smartly in January?

Much of Arsenal's decline in English football can be attributed to low-level first team players and sadly Lacazette is just one of those players who have really struggled to succeed in the Premier League.

Since joining the club in 2017 for £47.7 million, the French striker has never scored more than 15 league goals in a season and has managed just 50 in 129 Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far.

Last season, the 30-year-old striker scored just 13 goals in 31 league games for Arteta's side and that was not enough to become a clear starter at the club if he was fit to play.

Some clubs want to buy him.

Another reason Arsenal want to say goodbye to the French striker is because they can make money very easily in January.

Apart from the above reports linking the player to AC Milan, reports in England also suggest that Lacazette will be West Ham's key transfer target in the next transfer window as David Moyes' countries continue to look for a new striker.

Similarly, in France the player has been linked with a return to Lyon while Atletico Madrid's Spanish press assistant remains keen on the striker.

When Arsenal sell Lacazette, there will likely be a lot of offers. And that's money that could be used elsewhere in the team.

He is holding back Arsenal's progress.

The natural consequence of Lacazette not being good enough for his starting role is that he will prevent other strikers from taking up the role and establish themselves as better goalscorers.

Arsenal have spent big bucks on new centre-backs, midfielders and wingers over the last few seasons, but haven't really bought a striker since the French goalscorer's arrival in 2017.

Part of that may be because the striker has done enough to keep his place in the team, part of it is clear that the club is reluctant to lose one of their highest-paid players.

This is a big problem for a team that scored just five goals more than Southampton last season.

Not only was Lacazette not good enough, it also prevented Arsenal from solving their problems with the strikers. And that will only be answered when the French striker moves to another club.

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