Arsenal round-up: Alexandre Lacazette tipped to win Ballon d'Or

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Following Thierry Henry's admission that Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is achieving "extraordinary' things in Ligue 1 this season, former Brazil star Sonny Anderson has tipped the Arsenal transfer target to win the Ballon d'Or in the future.

Lacazette is fast becoming European football's most sought-after striker, having scored 25 goals in 29 appearances for Lyon so far this season - a tally not surpassed by any top-flight player in Europe, with the exception of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The 23-year-old has been tipped to win world football's most prestigious honour by Anderson, the retired striker who enjoyed successful spells with Lyon and Barcelona, and the in-demand striker pledged to dedicate the award to the Brazilian should he eventually secure it.

Lacazette was quoted by La Parisien - according to Le 10 Sport - as saying: "Of course it is flattering.

"[He is] a connoisseur of football. I'll try to work for and if one day [if] I win the Golden Ball, I dedicate it [to him]."

Arsenal fans: should Wenger sign Lacazette this summer? Does he really have the talent to beat the likes of Messi and Neymar to the Ballon d'Or in the future? Have your say in the comments below!

James Milner keen to stay in England

Sticking with Arsenal targets and Manchester City's industrious midfielder James Milner has still not opened talks with the Citizens - despite the fact his current deal expires this summer.

The 29-year-old, widely considered one of the hardest-working players of any top four club, is reportedly wanted by both Arsenal and Liverpool. Either club could potentially snap the England international up on a free transfer ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

The Sun claim that City are ready to improve Milner's £5 million-a-year wages - but the player's priority is with his role in the squad, with less than 11 months to go before he turns 30.

Arsenal fans: would you be happy if James Milner signed for your clubs this summer? Who would he replace in the first team? Have your say in the comments below!

Olivier Giroud reveals Alexis Sanchez's nickname

And finally, Olivier Giroud has revealed in an interview with TF1 that Arsenal's players have an amusing nickname for the club's £35 million summer signing, Alexis Sanchez.

The France international claims Sanchez has been nicknamed 'Duracell' on account of his determination and will-to-win.

Furthermore, Giroud believes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is assembling a squad strong enough to compete for the Champions League title.

The Gunners take on AS Monaco in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday night - a match Arsenal will be expected to win.

Can Arsenal win the Champions League title this season? Have your say in the comments below!

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