Arsenal have joined Chelsea and Manchester United in keeping tabs on Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, according to reports in the French media.
It is believed that Alexandre Lacazette is a target for Inter Milan and if the 29-year-old were to leave the Emirates for the Nerazzurri, the Gunners are planning on signing another Frenchman as his replacement.
Supporters on Twitter are not particularly positive about the prospect of signing Dembele:
Have a feeling, he’ll be another Lacazette..
— 男孩 (@kishvix) May 30, 2020
He’s even worse than Lacazette
— 𝙁𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙮 (@ftblfonsy) May 30, 2020
Arsenal should stop buying players from the French League.
They keeps flopping.
Buy spanish they are disciplined
— Dennis Balogun (@Ama_Denniz) May 30, 2020
So we’re replacing laca… With another laca… I think id like to take a chance with laca (again) before we move for another lyon forward that might underperform in the prem
— Stumptdragon5 (@stumptdragon55) May 30, 2020
Great another Lyon hyped up reject striker
— Daven Rajan William (@DavenRajan) May 30, 2020
Every year they are looking at the wrong position. Fix the defense ffs
— Ahmed (@ina_presidente) May 30, 2020
Why are we trying to sign lacazette regens when we have the original.
— shiva sahith (@sahith_shiva) May 30, 2020
— Naison Nero (@NaisonNero) May 30, 2020
Dembele has performed well since moving from Celtic for €20m two years, having bagged himself 31 goals in 60 Ligue One appearances, averaging 0.52 goals per game.
However, if you compare that record with Lacazette’s time in France, with 100 goals in 203 league games, you get a very similar average of 0.49 goals per game.
Ligue One isn’t the same standard as the Premier League and while Arsenal have certainly found some gems in France over the years, you have to say their recent record has not been that great.