Thomas Lemar 65 Minutes Solo Goal against BORDEAUX
Hirving Lozano Goal against Volendam
Arsenal search for Alexis Sanchez replacement will undoubtedly be a major point of discussion in January and July.
The club was heavily linked with Thomas Lemar last summer, a bid of £92m was in fact reportedly submitted but ultimately failed to materialised, there was immediate promise to go back for the attacking midfielder in January, with some media houses reporting a deal has been agreed in advance, how true this is, is yet to be seen, in the meantime, Lemar continue to blossom both with the French National team and his club Monaco, while Alexis is still bent on leaving, with no hope of changing his mind.
Alexis’s impacts and contributions cannot be understated and so a replacement that can fit into his role and hit the ground rolling would be needed, Lemar fit that description but the initial financial cost of recruiting his services would destroy Arsenal’s own self-imposed financial structure, and so, there is a chance that the club may not actually buy Lemar.
The Mexican Hirving Lozano is another player that can fit into that role, but at 22 years of age, playing in the Dutch league, considered a relatively lower league, and in this climate where fans demand big names, whether or not Wenger would place his bet and hope on such player is very unlikely.
However, Lozano style of player and goal record at PSV, scoring 8 goals in 8 games so far this season, which is his first season, coming straight from the Mexican league and fitting straight into the European league indicate there is much more to him, and that he won’t struggle to adapt to a new environment and certainly worth a punt.
Hirving Lozano price tag of circa £20m is a good price to pay, if he continues in this form, his price tag may well go up.
Seeing that Sanchez is not signing and almost certain to leave, Arsenal would be wise to do a deal in January, to recruit some money from Sanchez’s sale instead of allowing him to leave in July on a Bosman rule.