Arsenal rejected a ‘substantial bid’ for the services of Alexandre Lacazette near the end of the international summer transfer window, which came from AS Roma, as revealed by The Athletic’s David Ornstein on the Tifo Podcast.
The French forward was the subject of much speculation throughout the window. The main talking point was, of course, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the sale of Lacazette was many times mentioned as a possibility IF Aubameyang signs a new contract and stays put. The former Borussia Dortmund man, as you know, did sign a new contract, but Lacazette ended up staying put as well, despite reports of interest from the likes of Atletico Madrid and his former club Olympique Lyon. It now turns out that Roma were interested too and made an offer, which wasn’t deemed acceptable to Arsenal.
There were also many stories about player who could potentially arrive to replace the 29-year-old, should he leave. Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Raul Jimenez were among the more notable names mentioned in that aspect. However, it all turned out to have been nothing more than smoke.
Lacazette himself spoke about the matter and made it perfectly clear that he had no intention of leaving, believing that the competition in the attacking section could only be a good thing for Mikel Arteta’s team and planning to give his best to earn a starting spot.
However, it seems there was a section of fans who reacted angrily to the news broken by Ornstein, believing obviously, in the light of his arguably underwhelming performances this season, that the offer for Lacazette should have been accepted and the player sent on his way. It has even made them appear to lose faith in the job Arteta and technical director Edu are doing at Arsenal, despite the winning of the FA Cup and the signings of Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey.