Arsenal’s top striker target Alexandre Lacazette is likely to stay at Lyon this season after admitting that he wants to reach 100 goals in Ligue 1.
The Premier League runners-up had a £29 million bid for the in-demand striker rejected last month, according to The Guardian, with club president Jean-Michel Aulas saying he would not consider bids below his 50 million euro asking price.
And Lacazette, who scored a hat-trick on Sunday afternoon as Lyon cruised to a 3-0 win over Nancy in the Ligue 1 opener, admitted that he is likely to refute interest from elsewhere and stay in France for at least another season in order to reach his target of 100 goals in the top flight.
"I am happy here," said the 25-year-old, as reported by FourFourTwo, after netting his 73rd, 74th and 75th league strikes. "I would like to reach 100 goals in Ligue 1.”
This new development is unlikely to pacify Arsenal fans who booed their team off the pitch after conceding four times in 18 minutes in a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in their Premier League opener on Sunday afternoon.
Under-fire manager Arsene Wenger started Alexis Sanchez up front in the absence of Olivier Giroud, the French striker given on extended break after reaching the final of Euro 2016, but the Chilean (below) struggled to make an impact at the Emirates, lacking the predatory movement of a natural striker while being caught offside on numerous occasions.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott admitted that he wants to return to his natural right-wing position after failing to impress in a lone-forward role last season despite claiming for years that he would be better suited to the striker’s role. The 27-year-old has scored just 56 goals in 217 Premier League games.
"I want to make my position on the right -- that's where I know where I am now,” the England international told reporters earlier this month, according to The Sun.
Consequently, the failed experiments with Sanchez and Walcott leave Wenger with Giroud and the unproven Chuba Akpom (below) as the club’s only natural centre-forwards with just two weeks to go before the transfer window shuts.