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€10m Arsenal linked striker now Europe’s joint-top French goalscorer – more than Benzema

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette netted two goals during Lyon’s 3-0 victory to join Antoine Griezmann as Europe’s leading French goalscorer.

Two weeks ago according to French reports, Arsenal contacted Olympique Lyonnais to make an enquiry for young French striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Following his two goals at the weekend, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if Arsenal decide to contact the French club again before the transfer window closes.

This season has been the breakthrough for Lacazette – a striker compared to former Lyon fans’ favourite Sonny Anderson.

During Lyon’s 3-0 victory at home to Evian-TG, Lacazette scored either side of half-time to take his season’s tally to 12 league goals – one more than Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

In fact, his 12 goals sees him top the leader board alongside Real Sociedad’s exciting talent Antoine Griezmann as Europe’s French leading goalscorer.

Lyon’s top goalscorer has represented his nation from the U16’s up to the senior squad – where Didier Deschamps handed him his debut this season.

The striker’s value is forever increasing due to the player improving and scoring more goals as the season goes on. Transfermarkt.com now value the 22-year-old at €10m – a potential bargain price.

The likelihood of Lacazette leaving the club over the next week is slim – however it will be difficult for Lyon to prevent their jewel from leaving in the summer.

Lyon currently 17 points adrift of league leaders Paris Saint-Germain – an impossible gap to bridge. Nevertheless, their target should be that final Champions League place – where they find themselves seven points behind 3rd placed Lille.

Despite winning their last three games on the spin, Lyon’s previous thirteen games saw them collect just 13 points. It was a run which saw them languish far behind the leaders – and the consequences of failing to finish in the European spots will certainly see them lose their better players after the World Cup.

Arsene Wenger has used the French market to good effect over the years – however he will no doubt be cautious as only one of his previous three forward signings from France – Gervinho, Giroud and Chamakh – managed to cut the grade at the Emirates Stadium.

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