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Arsenal prepare to make improved bid for Alexandre Lacazette

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Lacazette is still Arsenal's top target
Lacazette is still Arsenal's top target

Arsenal are set to increasing their offer for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, as boss Arsene Wenger looks to fire some life into his summer transfer spending.

The Gunners suffered something of an embarrassing rejection of their €35m offer for the France striker last week, with Lyon making their interest public with a statement that swiftly rejected the offer.

Having already turned down a €40m offer from West Ham for Lacazette last month, they were hardly likely to accept Arsenal's more modest bid and yet that does not seem to be the end of Wenger's interest in the player.

While Lyon have stated they will not sell Lacazette this summer, parties close to the deal have suggested they would be willing to listen to offers close to their €50m valuation of a player who has scored 48 times in the last two seasons in the French league.

With Lacazette open to a move to Arsenal, this appears to be a deal that can be revived, as Wenger comes under increasing pressure from the clubs fans to bolster his fragile forward line.

Wenger has confirmed that he intends to sign a central defender in the final month of this transfer window as he looks to plug a gap left by the injury to Per Mertesacker.

The Arsenal boss has also hinted that he wants to add a striker to his squad in the absence of long-term injury victim Danny Welbeck and it seems Lacazette remains his top target.