Arsenal could be set to offload both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah at the end of the season, according to reports in the English media.
Both players will have one year remaining on their contracts at the Emirates in the summer and supporters on Twitter have been debating whether selling two strikers is a good idea:
This confirms a new striker is coming in… but who I wonder?
— Talk of Arsenal (@TalkofArsenal) February 16, 2021
Eddie yes, not good enough. But Lacca has easily been one of our best players for years. Never mind we’ll just re-sign Luiz for a laugh! 🤦🏻♂️
— Ewan Hamilton (@oldmanhammy) February 16, 2021
No problem with that.
— Marcus (@auric_k) February 16, 2021
Nketiah, YES. Laca, NO!!
— Shaken but not stirred 🕴️ (@Shearwaters007) February 16, 2021
Both terrible anyway…
— H (@Halsouthlondon) February 16, 2021
Good news if true
— Peter524 (@peterXarsenal) February 16, 2021
Best thing to do nketiah not good enough and laca has a year left lets try and make some money on him instead of new contract and crazy wages
— james (@JamesJay2508) February 16, 2021
It’s Martinelli’s time 🇧🇷🔴
— Solomon Ebrahimoff (@Solomon14Ebrah) February 16, 2021
Good, promote Balogun and have auba gabi and Balogun as CF options.
— dom. (@afcdom_) February 16, 2021
sell eddie and extend balogan
— TheSarge25 (@TheSarge25) February 16, 2021
It’s a difficult issue for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. His hands are tied in one sense as the club cannot afford to have any more players running down their contracts.
However, trying to find strikers of a similar calibre will be a challenge, particularly as there is unlikely to be a substantial transfer budget.
Were Folarin Balogun to sign a new contract and stay, he would definitely be able to fill the void left by Nketiah but the loss of Lacazette will still need to be addressed. It will be hoped that technical director Edu and Arteta are already looking at potential replacements.