Tuesday 27 September 2016

Blow for Arsenal as Lyon president says Alexandre Lacazette is going nowhere

Tom Rooney

Published 30/07/2016 | 09:37

Lyon rejected a bid from Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette
Lyon rejected a bid from Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette

In a terse but comprehensive statement, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas informed Arsenal and any other potential suitors that coveted striker Alexandre Lacazette is going nowhere this summer.

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Earlier this week, in a move outside the normative protocol, the French club very publicly announced that they had rejected the Gunners’ €35m bid for Lacazette, who is also thought to be a target of West Ham.

Lacazette, 24, was not selected for France’s Euro 2016 squad despite netting 21 goals in 34 Ligue 1 appearances, which helped Lyon to a second place finish.

Aulas reckons that the London club will not table another offer for the 25-year-old and, even if they were to, it wouldn’t make any difference.

"Arsenal have not come back and will not come back.  No-one will leave Lyon."

The Gunners defeated the MLS All-Star selection by 2-1 in San Jose on Thursday, when two of Arsene Wenger’s three summer signings, Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding, enjoyed impressive debuts.

As is the norm, a perceived lack of activity in a transfer market the Frenchman recently described as ‘scary’ has incurred the ire of sections of the Arsenal faithful.

Japanese forward Takuma Asano also arrived at the Emirates this month, though little is known of the 21-year-old.

Arsenal take on Mexican side Guadalajara tomorrow.

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