Arsenal are apparently interested in signing Dutch club Brugge striker Noa Lang as they prepare to live without Alexandre Lacazette.
With Arsenal looking for a new striker and Alexandre Lacazette at the end of his contract, Noa Lang is the last striker to be linked to the club.
Lang is also a new name to associate with Arsenal, so that’s good.
The Club Brugge forward is 22, so just in Mikel Arteta’s sweet spot in terms of age and has more than a few contenders across Europe, with AC Milan being one of the main contenders.
Lang is valued at around Â£ 20million, rising from Â£ 4million just under a year ago after a season that saw him score 17 goals and assist 11 in 38 games and win a permanent transfer from Ajax to Club Brugge, where he had spent the rental season.
This season, Lang already has four goals and four assists in 12 games.
He also has five yellow cards (he collected six in total last year).
Lang having only signed for Club Brugge this summer, he is under contract until 2025.
Playing mostly on the left wing, interest in Lang could point to a bigger role for Folarin Balogun when Lacazette leaves.
Everything that would mean for Gabriel Martinelli is an enigma.
Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal – success or failure?
While reading a previous article, I saw one that claimed, âLacazette failed to impress during his time at Emirates Stadium,âAnd I was like, ‘is he really?’
I think it’s fair to say that Lacazette didn’t turn out to be the super-striker we all thought Arsenal were signing when they coughed up Â£ 47.7million for the striker in 2017, but can- you really say that he failed to impress during his stay in London?
The real measure of a striker is of course in the goals he scores (and the assists he creates) and Lacazette has 67 goals, as well as 29 assists, before Arsenal make it to Brighton, in 173 games.
This equates to one goal or one assist every 1.80 games.
To compare, in Lyon, Lacazette’s overall rate was 1.59, so better, but not by much.
At the same rate, Lacazette would have 108 goals and assists at Arsenal instead of the 96 he currently has.
To compare again, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal rate is 1.40 (90 goals, 20 assists, 154 games), but he also averages 79 minutes per game while Laca gets 65.
In terms of goals, Lacazette actually scored at a higher rate at Arsenal than at Lyon – 2.606 against 2.131, so if his rate at Lyon justified Arsenal paying him Â£ 47.7million, and he scored at a higher rate at Arsenal it’s hard to see how you can tell he failed to impress.
Lacazette may not have managed to impress as much as I expected, but it is indeed a very different thing …