David Ornstein: Arsenal rejected 'substantial offer' for £46.5m star in the summer
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David Ornstein: Arsenal rejected 'substantial offer' for £46.5m star in the summer

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The Athletic’s David Ornstein spoke on Tifo Podcast’s YouTube channel about one of Arsenal’s bold summer transfer decisions.

The Gunners had a sensational summer transfer window in terms of incomings. Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey have hit the ground running, while Willian, despite his poor form, will help the youngsters with his experience.

Edu, Mikel Arteta and the rest deserve a ton of credit for their work to bring those stars in. However, we struggled to get some of the players that do not have a place in the first team out of the club, which is a problem.

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The Mesut Ozil situation has attracted a lot of unwanted attention, and that won’t go away until he leaves. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Musatfi could have also left, but we failed to find clubs who would take them away.

Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi were transfer listed and they were expected to be our main source of income in the summer. However, we could only move the duo out on loan, and it will be difficult to sell them when they’re back.

One other player Arsenal could have moved on this summer was Alexandre Lacazette. The £46.5 million (BBC) signing from Lyon is one of those who constantly divides opinion among fans, and he was linked with a move to a number of clubs in the summer.

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Arsenal rejected a bid for Lacazette in the summer

Ornstein has revealed now that Arsenal did receive a big offer from Italian side AS Roma for the Frenchman, but the bid fell well below our expectations and we rejected the deal.

He said: “Arsenal did receive a substantial offer towards the end of the transfer window from Roma for Lacazette. It fell below their valuation for him and he stayed put. I can’t imagine that situation will develop again in January and I think Arsenal’s priority will be for him to get back into top form and helping the team in a way that he has done before.”

Lacazette’s situation is an interesting one. When in form, he is one of the best strikers in the league. But, his recent misses have cost the club dearly. The Frenchman will have one year left on his contract at the end of this season, and it won’t be a surprise to see Arsenal accept an offer should it come in January or in the summer.

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