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21st Mar, 2017 | 1:14pm

29 goals in 35 games: Hutchison urges Arsenal to make striker bid before it's too late

By Will Butcher

Don Hutchison believes Arsenal must make a last-minute move to sign Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette as Atletico Madrid are reported to have a deal in place.

Spanish news outlet COPE claim Lacazette’s representatives met with Atleti’s owner Miguel Angel Gil last month and struck a verbal agreement over a transfer for the Frenchman.

However, former Liverpool ace Hutchison believes that the Gunners should still try to sign the 25-year-old goal machine, who has scored 29 goals in 35 league and cup outings this season.

Replying to a fan, Hutchison claimed on his personal Twitter account that Arsenal would be wise to conduct a late move for Lacazette, stating they “should sign him now”.

Arsenal may have a glimmer of hope in their attempts to sign the 10-time France international, as Atletico are currently banned from making transfers until January 2018.

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The Daily Mirror originally reported that Arsenal were interested in signing Lyon’s number 10, but faced stiff competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool.

The French goal machine has continued to wow spectators with his sublime form in front of goal this season, with a ratio of almost a goal a game in Ligue 1, scoring 23 in 24 league outings.

With a contract at Stade des Lumieres until the summer of 2019, it remains to be seen if the north London giants can tempt Lacazette to swap France for north London.

Football Insider verdict:

It is obvious that the Gunners need firepower. Now a lowly sixth in the Premier League after six losses in their last nine league and cup encounters, Arsene Wenger needs a striker that can consistently score and remove the burden weighing Chile international Alexis Sanchez down. With doubts over the future of Sanchez, Lacazette could be brought in as a straight replacement for the former Barcelona ace in an attempt to continue the flow of goals at the Emirates Stadium. The signing of Lacazette would bring departures if Sanchez is kept in north London, with the likes of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez all likely to be considered expendable if a new striker is bought.

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