Arsenal fans would have woken up on Thursday morning feeling a lot happier after the club finally confirmed the signing of Alexandre Lacazette on Wednesday afternoon.
For years, the North London club supporters have been pleading for Arsene Wenger to splash the cash and the Frenchman has finally hearken to the fans with the club-record £52 million signing of his compatriot.
Even though Wenger’s men would not be participating in the Champions League next season, they have still been able to land one of the hottest strikers around.
Nevertheless, the Gunners boss will know there are still more ways he strengthen his squad before the new season kick offs. However, before thinking about bringing in another player, it turns out a few players will have to face the exit door at the Emirates Stadiums.
Following the arrivals of Lacazette from Lyon, Arsenal’s quota of foreign players has been filled.
— Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) July 6, 2017
Each Premier League club is allowed to register a maximum of 17 players from abroad, meaning if Wenger has ambitions of strengthening his options further this summer, one or two will need to be sold on.
And Arsenal fans will be relieved to hear that two of their players are reportedly close to moving away, according to The Mirror.
Lucas Perez’ disappointing season in the Premier League looks set to end after just a single season, with a return to Deportivo La Coruna on the cards.
Debuchy has hardly had a look-in since joining Arsenal in 2014 and as he only one year left to run on his current deal, could even depart from the Emirates for free this summer.
Of course, the potential exit of Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez would also free up a slot but for now, their futures remain unclear. That can be said of Olivier Giroud. His compatriot’s arrival has cast doubt on his plans for next season, with West Ham United and Everton rumoured to be ready to jump at the chances of signing him if he does decide to leave Arsenal.
In regards to other potential incomings, Thomas Lemar and Riyad Mahrez are still considered targets but Arsenal fans should probably expect a few departures before any progress is made on those fronts.