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Everton Keeping A Keen Eye On This Arsenal Striker: Good Option For Benitez?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Jeunes Footeux stated that Everton are keeping a keen eye on Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette. It has been stated that both the Toffees and West Ham United are closely following the Gunners centre-forward’s situation ahead of a potential move in the future.

Lacazette’s Influential Role Off The Bench At The Emirates Stadium This Season

Lacazette has been a sporadic feature for the North London club this season but has done well to put in a few eye-catching displays as the focal point of Mikel Arteta’s attack. The 30-year-old banged in three goals and provided one assist in five matches for Arsenal so far in this campaign in multiple competitions.

All of the Lyon-born talent’s appearances have come off the bench which is why he deserves a lot of credit for averaging 1.0 shots, 0.7 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in the Premier League. However, Lacazette needs to take care of the ball a bit better when distributing possession deep inside the opponent’s half, based on his pass completion rate of 73.9% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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Is Lacazette A Good Option For Everton Boss Rafael Benitez?

Lacazette can put his pace to good use when attempting to run with the ball in and around the opposition penalty box. He excels at generating a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in at goal and doesn’t mind running the channels to provide an outlet for his teammates at the back.

The French forward is a good finisher in front of the opponent’s goal and can also contribute by picking up the odd assist from time to time. However, he has failed to earn regular first-team starts at North London this season and has got less than 12 months remaining in his Arsenal contract.

Thus, Everton would be wise to engineer a cut-price move to land Lacazette when the transfer window reopens in January. The Frenchman will bring a lot of quality to Rafael Benitez’s frontline. Furthermore, the Gunners attacker will undoubtedly increase competition for the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Salomon Rondon and Richarlison at Goodison Park in the coming seasons. Lacazette has what it takes to help the Toffees compete for a European place next year which makes him an excellent, cost-effective option for Benitez to consider this winter.

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