Mikel Arteta faces a vital Arsenal decision as Barcelona considers a £13 million deal.
Despite a big roster change this summer, Arteta has been chastised for Arsenal’s poor start to the Premier League season.
Mikel Arteta, the under-fire Arsenal manager, faces a crucial deadline day decision, with Barcelona putting up a bargain lunge for one of his out-of-favour players. Following Arsenal’s poor start to the current Premier League season, Arteta is under mounting pressure.
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On the opening day of the season, they were beaten by Brentford in a shock setback before being dominated by Chelsea in their first home game.
The campaign’s low point came in a Saturday lunchtime visit to reigning champions Manchester City.
Arteta’s side were thrashed by City, who had Granit Xhaka sent off and failed to score a goal.
Despite Arteta rebuilding his team this summer, with the Gunners being the largest spenders of the transfer window, they have had a poor start.
Five new players worth £130 million have joined the club, with six more leaving through the Emirates Stadium exit door.
On deadline day, though, a seventh player might join the likes of Willian and Matteo Guendouzi, with another player who has fallen out of favor.
Alexandre Lacazette is the player in question, who is in the final year of his Arsenal contract and is unlikely to be extended.
Despite finishing as their top scorer last season, Lacazette has not been able to match the huge fee Lyon paid for him.
Arteta has stated that finding a new striker is one of his top goals in the approaching transfer windows.
Lacazette’s time with Arsenal appears to be up, with the Frenchman restricted to a bench duty this season.
His lone league debut came in a 4-0 loss to City, when he came in to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang just before the hour mark.
On the final day of the window, the 30-year-old could be given a way out of the struggling Gunners.
Barcelona has expressed interest in signing Lacazette for £12.8 million, according to Transfer Market Web.
Lacazette is thought to be “desperate” to find a new club this summer and leave Arsenal after four years.
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