Arsenal are preparing for life without Alexandre Lacazette or Eddie Nkeitiah or both this summer, and Borussia Monchengladbach star Alassane Plea is reportedly the player we’re considering as a replacement.
The Daily Mail revealed on Sunday that Edu and Mikel Arteta have the Bundesliga star as an option in case one of our strikers are sold in the coming days.
Nketiah is the likeliest to leave this summer. The Englishman has just one year left on his contract and it is unlikely that he will sign a new deal. He is expected to be sold in the coming weeks, and that opens up a spot in the squad.
Lacazette, like Nketiah, has just one year left on his contract. He was one of our best players last season, but there’s a good chance that he will be sold in the coming weeks as well, most likely to a club abroad.
Arsenal will need a new striker if Laca leaves this summer, but is Plea really the player we should be going for?
Alassane Plea is not what Arsenal need
Plea is a really good player and he is of a similar profile to Lacazette. He is good with his back to goal, can link play up, and he’s also a very good finisher. He is one of Gladbach’s star players and rightly so, but sadly, he’s not good enough for Arsenal.
Firstly, Plea is 28 already. He is already at the prime of his career and bringing him in on a long-term contract at a time when there’s a good chance he may begin to decline makes no sense whatsoever.
Secondly, Plea’s numbers are far from impressive. The Frenchman scored just six goals and provided one assist in the Bundesliga last season. That is a shocking record for a striker, and as talented as he is, those numbers are simply not good enough.
Thirdly, Plea has never played in England before. He has only played in Ligue 1 and in the Bundesliga, and with all due respect to both of those leagues, they’re not on the same level as the Premier League with respect to the level of intensity and competition.
Keeping hold of Lacazette would be a better option for Arsenal
Lacazette recently turned 30 and it’s never really advisable to give a player of that age a new contract. However, the Frenchman was one of our best players last season as he scored 17 goals in all competitions.
He knows the Premier League and Arteta’s system very well, he will almost guarantee us 10 league goals and as the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka have claimed previously, he is an amazing mentor to the kids as well.
If Plea is our only other option, Arsenal should just keep hold of Lacazette. Even if the Frenchman doesn’t sign a new one-year deal, it will make a lot more sense to keep him for another season and let him leave for free next year instead of spending a ton of money on a player who doesn’t really check all the boxes required.