Arsenal’s interest in Odsonne Edouard and what it means for Alexandre Lacazette’s future

Arsenal have been closely monitoring the progress of Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard as they mull the future of Alexandre Lacazette before the upcoming transfer window.

Edouard, 22, has been in exceptional form for the Scottish champions this season, scoring 27 goals and providing 19 assists in 45 appearances and understands that the Gunners have extensively scouted him over the course of the campaign. The Paris Saint-Germain academy graduate is unlikely to come cheap and Mikel Arteta’s side are not the only ones taking a keen interest in the Frenchman’s exploits north of the border.

Manchester United have also been linked with Edouard whilst the Parkhead hierarchy attempt to tie their top scorer to fresh terms with his current contract due to expire in 2022.

The Gunners did business with Celtic last season, signing Kieran Tierney for £25million, and with the left-back having proven to be a shrewd addition in between significant injury setbacks there will be less reluctance over making recruits from Scotland.

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Edouard certainly has a track record beyond Celtic and has scored 11 goals in six games for France’s Under-21 side since making his debut in September last year.

An immediate move for Edouard after the 2019/20 season comes to an end will be influenced at least in part on the contractual status of Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal have held talks with both forwards about extensions with the latter’s contract having just over 12 months to run currently.

Lacazette has a further year on his deal but Atletico Madrid have reignited their interest in the 28-year-old, who so far this season has struggled to hit the heights he reached in the 2018/19 campaign where he led Arsenal in assists and scored a string of crucial goals against the likes of Chelsea, Napoli, Valencia and Tottenham.

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Asked about links with an Arsenal exit last month, Lacazette said: “I have a contract with the club, there is no point for me to leave, everyone is happy with me at the club.”

Arsenal’s first preference would be to see Lacazette rediscover his form of old and for the injuries that have blighted his progress this term, starting with an ankle issue that he suffered in pre-season and did not make a full return from until October.

A Lacazette back to his best would certainly give head of football Raul Sanllehi, technical director Edu and head coach Mikel Arteta a broader spectrum of options for the post-19/20 transfer window.

For the time being a great deal is in flux with regards to Arsenal’s transfer options for next season as is the case with almost every other club in Europe; as coronavirus ravages the continent they cannot be sure when and in what format football will return. The additional time available to club management and scouts inevitably prompts…