There is no doubt that Premier League giants Arsenal are in need of more strikers, after Arsene Wenger did not play Olivier Giroud in the pre-season games and the long term Danny Welbeck injury. Theo Walcott is an option for the French manager and Chuba Akpom is an alternative as well. Further, Alexis Sanchez was played as a center-forward in the game against Manchester City, though that is surely not his preferred position.
Keeping that in mind, there is a need for more reinforcements up front and the Gunners will have to act soon, if they wish to compete for the titles this season.
With a deal for a lot of the top summer targets not going through, Wenger’s desperation to sign more value added players eventually urged him to turn his attention to Alexandre Lacazette and now to Mauro Icardi.
Considering the amount of money up at stake in pushing a deal through for the attackers, it would only be important to understand which player would be a better option at the Emirates.
Firstly, the France international has not been in the best of form in recent times and was dropped from the Euro 2016 squad as well. He has already made four appearances this season, with no goals so far. He made 34 appearances in the league last term, with 21 goals and 3 assists to his name.
Further, Lyon are not letting one of their priced assets go that easy and are ready to offer him a huge contract in the upcoming days, in order to force the English giants to empty their pockets big time. Wenger has already seen an offer of about €35m being rejected for his target and it might take a lot more money, in order to push a deal through.
Also, the 25 year old superstar does not seem too keen to leave the Ligue 1 giants and complete his move to north London, which could mean that it is best to not sign such a player. Spending a huge amount in bringing him to England and not getting the best out of him, would be a waste for us.
It could be something similar to the Andrey Arshavin move, with the Russian fading away slowly after a brilliant initial start at the club.
On the other hand, the alternative would be Argentine international Mauro Icardi, with the Londoners looking to add the Inter Milan skipper to their current squad. Well, in comparison, the 23 year old striker scored 16 goals in 33 games, with 4 assists to his name in the Serie A.
The former Sampdoria man is a good finisher and can keep the ball at his feet for longer spells, which would help him fit into Arsenal’s style of play. He is said to be priced at around the €35m mark as well, though Inter would surely want more for one of their key players.
Arsenal recently offered a fee of €35m and Olivier Giroud, in order to get a deal done with the Italian giants in the upcoming days, though no deal has been completed so far.
With that said and done, it surely makes more sense to sign the latter, rather than go in for the Frenchman, who does not really seem to keen on playing in the top flight of English football any time soon.