Edu’s Arsenal transfer plan ready to go as striker reaches contract deal

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Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is set to leave the Emirates on a free transfer this summer and return to Lyon after five years in north London.

There was speculation for much of the season over whether Lacazette would be offered a new contract by the club. Similar speculation swirled over Eddie Nketiah, but the Hale End graduate looks set to extend his time with the Gunners.

Lacazette was signed from Lyon in the summer of 2017 from Lyon for a fee of £47m and has been a mainstay under Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta. In 206 appearances, he netted 71 goals but the 31-year-old is now set to return to France according to a report from L’Equipe.

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Throughout last season, Arteta remained coy about what the future held for his striker, saying in April: “His contract situation allows him to make a decision on his future. We have expressed our intention to speak this summer. For the rest, I just want him to focus fully on his duty which is to defend Arsenal in the best possible way.”

The final months of Lacazette’s Arsenal career saw him take over the captaincy from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after his fellow frontman was banned from first-team training and then sold in January following his late return from a Travel in France.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards ahead of the summer transfer window with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Richarlison and Tammy Abraham all linked with moves. With Lacazette’s large salaries soon to be waived, this could allow Edu to accelerate his own plans in the market and bring in a new leader or two.

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