Arsene Wenger is getting frustrated in the transfer window.
He’s after another striker to provide the firepower to mount a Premier League title challenge, but has been turned down by nearly everyone so far – except Takuma Asano, who literally nobody is excited to see.
Jamie Vardy was close to signing before opting to stay at Leicester City, and moves for Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain all failed before they even started.
But now, Wenger is ready to turn to a familiar source to end his striker search – Ligue 1.
Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with a move away for seemingly every transfer window since he turned pro, and this one is no different.
West Ham United were chasing the France international last season before being priced out of a move, but Arsenal are testing the waters this summer.
The Lyon striker won’t come cheap though, with a fee around £42m needed to take one of Ligue 1’s star men across the Channel.
Lacazette bagged 21 goals in 34 games last season, and won the golden boot the year before, so he’s built up the kind of pedigree needed to attract English Champions League clubs.
Arsenal have previous experience of taking strikers from France, with Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo signing for the Gunners in recent years.
But it’s Giroud Wenger is looking to replace, after the Frenchman went 12 games without a goal last season. He regularly attracts criticism from fans, who won’t even vote for him in a Twitter poll.
And when that happens, your time at the Emirates is up.
Wenger was planning a player-plus-cash deal for Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, but has turned to Lacazette after details of the transfer were leaked, allowing other clubs to sniff around the Argentine.
So Lacazette is Arsenal’s latest target, and fans are already perfecting the spelling of his name in anticipation for the hashtags.