It’s been reported this week that Arsenal are open to letting forward Alexandre Lacazette leave the club in an exchange deal for Atletico Madrid attacker Thomas Lemar.
Lacazette’s future is uncertain at the Emirates after a stop-start Premier League campaign which has seen him amass a total of just 1411 minutes - most of which came as a substitute and before the arrival of Mikel Arteta. He also landed himself in hot water recently with the club after an image was circulated picturing him inhaling laughing gas.
This incident could twist the arm of the club in favour of giving the green light to a potential exchange deal for Lemar.
Like Lacazette at Arsenal, Lemar has fallen out of favour at Atletico having played just 857 La Liga minutes for Diego Simeone’s side so far this season. Within that time he has failed to register a single goal or assist.
The Gunners have been long term admirers of Lemar and did attempt to sign him two years ago from Monaco but he instead made the £62million move to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
A potential swap deal could suit both parties, but what will Arteta’s men be losing with the potential departure of Lacazette?