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Lacazette is closing in on a move to Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud's 2015/16 stats are unerringly similar

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Arsenal are set to lodge an improved bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette after their £30 million offer was rejected last week.

This is according to Sky Sports, who claim Arsene Wenger plans to up the ante amidst a desire to bolster his attacking options.

And his search could soon be over, with Lyon's manager, Bruno Genesio, recently admitting that Lacazette could be sold if the price is right.

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He said: "He can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse."

However, an important question that must be asked is whether Lacazette indeed represents an upgrade on Olivier Giroud.

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After all, the motive behind Arsenal signing a new striker is because Giroud isn't considered good enough to inspire Premier League glory.

Lacazette has enjoyed two fantastic campaigns in Ligue 1, scoring 48 goals, but his statistics from last season are strangely similar to his countryman's at the Emirates Stadium (see below).

Interesting. Arsenal fans' complaints originate from Giroud's apparent lack of goals yet he scored more in all competitions - albeit from more appearances - than Lacazette last term.

Furthermore, the 29-year-old's minutes-per-goal ratio is superior to his fellow France international and he also hit the target on more occasions.

It's worth questioning, then, whether Arsenal really need Lacazette as much as people say.

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Sky Sports then move on to compare the 25-year-old's 2015/16 season with Theo Walcott's and, at this point, it becomes apparent that he would be a welcome addition in north London.

Whereas Lacazette scored 23 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions, the much-maligned England international struck a meagre nine in 42.

There's an argument to be made that Walcott would score less goals on the right flank, but it's important to remember that he sees himself as a striker and was afforded the chance to prove his worth up top.

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And even if Lacazette isn't strictly an upgrade on Giroud, what he offers is something that Arsenal currently lack: a fast and clinical striker.

As mentioned, a deal is close to being struck, and according to Sky Sports pundit Tony Cascarino, Lacazette should be an Arsenal player by the end of the week.

He said: "I've got a few people in France that really believe that this deal will go through by the end of this week."

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