Nigel Winterburn claims Arsenal will regret losing Alexandre Lacazette in the near future, but won’t blame the striker for seeking an exit.
The Frenchman has only started one of our nine Premier League appearances so far this season, the recent victory over Aston Villa, but could well be set for a long stretch of action after two impressive outings in the seven last days.
Laca came off the bench against Palace and immediately brought in a lack of energy, moving to bring the fans up in the process, and he ultimately managed to score an equalizer deep in injury time to save his team’s blushes.
The 30-year-old was then in great shape when we won over Villa as well, and some are now wondering if we should allow him to leave without a fight, which certainly seems to be happening from the outside.
When asked if we regret letting the former Lyon star go, Winterburn told Tribal Football: “It’s like that.
“Arsenal’s policy, this season in particular, is to bring in younger players, but then you have to respect the decision on behalf of Lacazette.
“He may think he doesn’t have enough playing time and needs to move on or is he someone who thinks he might want to stay?”
“I don’t know those details, but anyone who has anything about them wants to play football and to me he’s a guy who loves to play games.
“I will be disappointed to see him go if he leaves because I still think he has an important role to play for Arsenal.”
While our transfer policy will lose some credibility by losing such a player for free after letting his contract end, I don’t think his departure will turn out to be a regret as such.
Those feelings will of course come to fruition if his potential replacement turns out to be a flop, but the biggest regret when the time comes might well be that we didn’t unload him sooner, before Patson Daka and Odsonne Edouard had. left their previous clubs, with both already showing signs of being the Premier League’s top signings this summer.
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