Reason why £108m Griezmann announcement hands Emery huge Arsenal transfer boost
The announcement that Antoines Griezmann is leaving Atletico Madrid has come as a huge boost in Arsenal’s attempts to keep hold of Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal failed to get back inside the top four spot in the Premier League this season and missed out on Champions League football for another season, but the Gunners have a chance to win the Europa League under Unai Emery this season.
But as we approach silly season, there has been some speculation in the media which have claimed that Barcelona may look to try and take the French striker away from the Emirates at the end of the season, as a possible replacement for Luis Suarez.
Barcelona are looking to reveal a number of positions in the transfer window after their humiliating Champions League exit, and have targeted a number of Premier League sides, including Arsenal.
But after Griezmann announced that he is indeed leaving Madrid with suggestions he is heading to Barcelona, the Football.London website has claimed Barcelona will now cool their interest in the services of Lacazette.
“It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything,” Griezmann said in a video posted via his official Twitter account.
“I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges.
“The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years.”
The Gunners have a strict wage policy they intend to keep too, but the report suggests that they are willing to offer the striker a massive £250,000-a-week to ward off the attentions of Barcelona.
The Frenchman signed for the Gunners in 2017 for a then-club record fee of around £47million, but is reportedly unhappy at playing second fiddle to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite the pairs goal-scoring efforts this season.
Lacazette is a world class striker that has really stepped up his game under Emery this season, but unless they beat Chelsea in the final at the end of the month, he has not intention of spending another season in the Europa League.
So the news that Griezmann could be heading to the Nou Camp instead of him will be a massive boost for the Arsenal.