Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is one of the host of players Arsenal have been linked with in recent months. Having come through the ranks at Paris Saint-Germain, he had a loan spell with Toulouse before joining the Scottish champions in 2017, initially on another loan which was made permanent for around £15 million a year later. Overall, he has so far played in 136 games for Celtic, scoring 66 goals and laying on 32 assists. Edouard’s importance to Neil Lennon’s team can be perceived very clearly if the fact that their slumps in form over the last two season coincided with his absences from action is looked at. His contract expires at the end of 2021/22, which means he’ll be entering the final 12 months of the deal at the end of the current campaign.
If Celtic had been hoping the prolific 22-year-old would be signing a new deal between now and 2022, they will have been thoroughly disappointed by his words to Telefoot, recently reported by Daily Record.
Edouard insists he is still focused on his team and their prospects this season, but he also admits that a time for him to consider his future elsewhere, in a ‘higher league’, will soon come. Asked if he would choose to go back to France or to try his luck in the Premier League, he responded that he hadn’t really thought about it yet.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recently signed a new contract with Arsenal, but the future of Alexandre Lacazette, who has been linked with departure from the Emirates at least as often as the Gabonese before putting pen to paper, remains unclear. Many believe that Arteta will continue to use Aubameyang out wide on the left, but they also suggest Lacazette may not be all that the boss would like him to be as the central striker. Like that of Edouard, the Frenchman’s contract expires in 2022 and Arsenal could certainly be tempted by a reasonable offer for his services next summer, unless he too signs a new deal in the meantime.
Could Edouard be the man to replace Lacazette in the Arsenal team next summer? Or will the progress of Eddie Nketiah render such a signing unnecessary?