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Arsenal's bid for Lacazette confirmed by Lyon president

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Arsenal have officially lodged a bid for Lacazette

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed that Arsenal has made a "very nice bid" for striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Lacazette has been strongly linked with Arsenal for the past two seasons but the Gunners seemed to have lost out after both the Lyon president and Lacazette himself admitted that they favour a move to Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

However, Atletico's transfer ban appeal was unsuccessful and as a result will not be able to purchase players until January 2018, which all but shuts the door on a potential deal with Lyon for Lacazette.

Arsenal themselves have been linked with Monaco's Kylian Mbappe but with Real Madrid and Manchester City lodging bids of up to £120 million, Arsene Wenger has once again focused his attention on Lacazette.

A bid for the 26-year-old was confirmed by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

He was quoted by the Guardian in an interview saying: "We had negotiations with Atletico. Things did not work out. We now have a very nice offer from Arsenal."

Arsenal will now have to convince the French international to join a club who will not be playing in the Champions League next season. Jean-Michel Aulas seems confident of keeping the player on this basis as he said "for us he will not leave."

Lacazette has scored a stunning 91 goals in the last three seasons and will solve the striker problems Wenger is facing in the North London club at the moment. His transfer could see the end of Olivier Giroud's time at Arsenal, who could also be used it a cash-plus-player deal to get Lacazette.