By Dominic Toner
Alexandre Lacazette continued his incredible goalscoring form for Lyon with a brace on Friday against Caen in a 2-0 win.
The 25-year-old scored three goals in 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.
The Frenchman has now notched up five goals in his first two league appearances this season and Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with the striker.
BBC Sport reported last month that Lyon rejected a £29.3million bid for Lacazette from Arsenal.
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.
Wenger has already missed out on forwards Gonzalo Higuain and Jamie Vardy this summer, and the club’s supporters are desperate for Arsenal to sign a new striker to compete with Olivier Giroud.
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.
Lacazette still has three-years left on his current contract, so it is assumed that Lyon still hold the power over his future.
In other Arsenal transfer news, an experienced defender could move to the club if a replacement is found.