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Gabriel hands Mikel Arteta £54m Arsenal incentive for Alexandre Lacazette replacement

Arsenal’s pressing game against West Ham United was a wonderful demonstration of Mikel Arteta’s ability to get the best out of his team. The Hammers were forced to punt the ball long and relinquish possession on a regular basis.

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Alexandre Lacazette, the newly anointed Arsenal captain, led from the front and was instrumental in organizing the press alongside the combative Martin Odegaard.

This has given Arsenal pause for thinking in their pursuit of a striker. Granted, a clinical finisher who can convert the opportunities that the Gunners create must be high on the list of desirable qualities, but so must the player’s enthusiasm. Their ability to press and chase down the opposition will be crucial.

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In the encounter against West Ham, Lacazette tried eight defensive duels. In the Premier League this season, the Frenchman has an average of 6.16 goals per game. This number is projected to be high after playing behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a number of matches.

However, surpassing the campaign average while playing as the lone striker illustrates the persistence on display.

Any striker Arsenal seeks in the coming windows must not be in a category where they are unwilling to press. They must be a clinical forward but also believing in Mikel Arteta’s demands.

Given the front’s obvious lack of dedication to the defensive side of the game, this could be a blessing in disguise.

Arteta could consider returning to his former club Manchester City as a possible replacement.

Gabriel Jesus was linked with a summer transfer away from Manchester City due to a lack of playing time.

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Under Pep Guardiola, the Brazilian has struggled to find a regular starting spot and may look for a stronger guarantee of minutes away from the Champions League. Prior to his departure from the northwest, he had spoken highly of Arteta.

“He has aided a large number of players. I tell him what I want to do after training and he comes over and assists me “According to Manchester Evening News, the Brazilian remarked. In August, Gabriel Jesus was linked with a move to Arsenal.

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