By Will Butcher
Arsenal have failed to sign Alexandre Lacazette – and supporters have outlined their frustration after he single-handedly dismissed French side Nancy on Sunday.
The 25-year-old scored three goals in the Lyon’s first Ligue 1 game of the campaign, completing his hat-trick in the 91st minute with a tidy finish into the bottom corner.
Lacazette has been one of the most prominent names linked to the Gunners this summer, after an impressive campaign last term that saw him find the back of the net 23 times in all competitions.
Arsene Wenger is said to be keen to bring a striker to the Emirates, after starting with Alexis Sanchez in Sunday’s match against Liverpool.
Arsenal fans took to Twitter to express their frustration at their club’s transfer policy, which has seen them bring in only one marquee player in former Gladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.
— Dany Brunton (@DBruntz14) August 14, 2016
Lacazette scoring a hattrick today.
— MÖnty (@SudiptoDas1993) August 14, 2016
Lacazette starts the season with a hat-trick for Lyon vs Nancy today.
What could have been… #afc
— Austin (@Frimponged) August 14, 2016
— Adam Summerton (@adamsummerton) August 14, 2016
— David Seligman (@footballagentDS) August 14, 2016
3.50pm: Alexandre Lacazette completes hat-trick for Lyon
4pm: Arsenal start against Liverpool without recognised striker up front
🤔 #AFC 🤔
— Michael Hincks (@MichaelHincks) August 14, 2016
Lacazette scored a hat trick today….. Just saying. #AFC
— Carl Rushe (@CarlRushe) August 14, 2016
— Peter Kennelly (@KennellyPeter) August 14, 2016
Lacazette scores a hat trick in his first game for Lyon as well. £20m added to his valuation already. Should of bought him time ago!!! #afc
— Djrè (@Otaku_ChamAFC) August 14, 2016
The Ligue 1 Player of the Year for 204-15 has made 10 appearances for his national side, but was not selected for the France Euro 2016 squad despite being part of the preliminary squad.
The forward has only played for Lyon at senior level since his debut in 2010, but has been regularly linked with a move away from the seven-time league winners.
In other Arsenal transfer news, fans have also reacted to Wenger’s decision to leave Xhaka on the bench.