Alexandre Lacazette is amongst the most creative strikers in Europe this season due to his exploits for Arsenal in the Premier League. This could give a new direction for Arteta when identifying his ideal striker for the next season.
Lacazette hasn’t been potent in front of goal for the Gunners in this campaign. But his all-around play has had a major benefit for the rest of the squad, which has been proven by the Gunners’ surprise fight for a Champions League place with Lacazette leading the line.
The Frenchman has shown that Arsenal’s next forward does not need to be a deadly goalscorer. As long as he can create chances for his teammates and still chip in with a goal when needed, Arsenal still have the attacking capabilities to thrive.
Arsenal have recently been linked to strikers who are more known for their creativity rather than their ability to score goals. Joao Felix and Paulo Dybala have both reportedly attracted interest from Arteta, and they both have a similar style of play in terms of being able to be the focal point of a fluid attack.
Lacazette achieved seven assists in nine matches this season, which hasn’t been done by an Arsenal player since Mesut Ozil, who is known as one of the most creative players in recent years. The Frenchman also ranks sixth for the highest number of assists in the Premier League this season which highlights the importance of his presence.
The forward was highly touted by Europe’s biggest clubs after his amazing Europa League run with Benfica during the 2018/2019 season. It was Atletico Madrid who signed him later in that summer for a blockbuster £114m transfer, as the youngster was tipped to become one of the world’s best players.
The Portuguese international would be an excellent option for Arsenal as the Gunners will be in desperate need of a striker in the summer transfer window. Not just down to the shortages in this position, but also due to the lack of quality if Lacazette is to depart from the club.
Lacazette’s creative exploits have played a major part in Arsenal’s impressive hunt for Champions League football. If Arteta wants to keep the 4-3-3 system he is currently using, then having a player leading the line such as Felix, who can offer more fluidity to the attack than the Frenchman will see an enhancement to Arteta’s system.