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ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE RESPONDS TO BARCELONA TRANSFER SPECULATION

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE RESPONDS TO BARCELONA TRANSFER SPECULATION

Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has notched 19 goals in all competitions this term, five of which have come in the Europa League

Alexandre Lacazette is seemingly loving life at Arsenal, having enjoyed an impressive second season with the Premier League giants.

The French striker has notched 19 goals in all competitions this term, five of which have come in the Europa League to help his side book a final date with Chelsea .

But his performances haven’t gone unnoticed and is is believed Barcelona are keeping tabs on his situation in north London.

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With the Spanish giants suffering yet another Champions League heartbreak this campaign, Barca chiefs are keen to bolster their attacking ranks this summer.

And, although Lacazette may appear to be content with his current employers, it seems he may not be able to turn down an approach from the European heavyweights.

When quizzed on the reported interest from Barca, Telefoot claim Lacazette said: “It is flattering.”

Meanwhile, Lacazette believes Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has taken the club to the “next step” – even if they fail to beat rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final.

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The Gunners secured safe passage into the final in Baku on May 29 as they won 4-2 at Valencia last week to seal a 7-3 aggregate success.

Lacazette was part of the Arsenal side knocked out by Atletico Madrid at the semi-final stage last year in what was Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Emery was drafted in as his replacement with the remit to secure a return to the Champions League after two years in the Europa League.

And Lacazette feels the club have already made steps in the right direction following the Spaniard’s appointment last year.

“That’s what the club saw him as the coach to help the team go to the next step and he did because we go to the final in his first season,” Lacazette said of Emery.

“I hope it is going to be a great final for us and we will prepare for it. It is really important. The Champions League is a big competition.

“Last season, we failed at the semi-finals and this season we wanted to be better.”

Mirror football

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