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Alexandre Lacazette rejected Newcastle United offer 3 years ago – Now he talks after beating them

10 months ago
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Newcastle United were first linked with Alexandre Lacazette in April 2014 when he was 22, Lyon reportedly willing to sell for £10m.

Instead Newcastle went for the ‘bargain’ £6m signing of Emmanuel Riviere.

With Newcastle then fighting relegation in January 2016, the French media claimed an offer had been made for Alexandre Lacazette, a figure of £19m claimed to be the bid.

Lacazette confirmed on 10 January 2016 that a Newcastle bid had indeed been made but his agent had rejected it on his behalf:

“Now I am at Olympique Lyonnais, I want to have a good second half of the season, so for me a departure is not valid.

“This is my agent, David Venditelli, who cares.

“He knows very well that I did not want to leave, so he declined the offer.”

If you remember this was the window when Newcastle spent £30m (Shelvey, Townsend and Saivet) after spending over £50m the previous summer (Mitrovic, Wijnaldum, Mbemba, Thauvin), so the idea of spending £19m in that January window on a striker wasn’t so far-fetched. In the end they brought in Seydou Doumbia on loan instead…

However, Newcastle had clearly missed the boat when they could have had him for £10m eighteen months earlier, the striker having progressed along with Lyon and not interested in a relegation threatened club.

Another 18 months and summer 2017 saw Arsenal pay almost £50m for the striker and Monday night he reminded Newcastle of his quality with an excellent second goal to finish Rafa’s team off. The Newcastle manager saying afterwards that up to £75m needs to be spent on the forward positions at Newcastle, if they aren’t going to be facing constant struggle.

Alexandre Lacazette has now scored 27 goals in 48 Premier League starts (plus 14 sub appearances) and yet again it is a case of what might have been for Newcastle.

The Arsenal striker talked to the media after beating Newcastle 2-0 with the official Arsenal site reporting:

“We saw many videos of Newcastle United and I’ve watched them in the Premier League before.

“It’s always like this against Newcastle, like it is with all the teams in the Premier League.

“It was a big game tonight.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game but we listened to the coach.

“He [Unai Emery] said we had to be patient and efficient in the two boxes, we did that today.

“He’s good. He believes in us. He wants us to play from the back, from the edge of our box, so we try to do what he wants.

“He says we can reach the Champions League but we have to believe in ourselves. We need to play our football and that’s what we’re doing.

“I didn’t know it was 10 Premier League home wins in a row but we knew that tonight we had the opportunity to move into third.

“We wanted to win to do that. We played well. We did everything the coach asked us to and it was good.

“I can feel the difference [in atmosphere] from last season. Now we may qualify for the Champions League, so we’ve done as much as we can tonight. We’ve done as much as possible to get into third place.

“Auba scores many goals and I try to do the same, and also to help him to score as many as he can. He does the same for me, so it’s up to us to help the team to score as many goals to win.I think we are more confident and everybody knows what we have to do. When you win a lot of games in a row, of course there is a lot of confidence. We’re working every day to get into the third place so now that we are, we have to work hard to stay in this position.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0

Goals:

Arsenal:

Ramsey 30, Lacazette 83

Possession was Arsenal 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3

Shots on target were Arsenal 4 Newcastle 1

Corners were Arsenal 6 Newcastle 2

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Dummett, Lejeune, Ritchie (Kenedy 75), Hayden (Ki 67), Diame, Almiron, Perez (Muto 77), Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Shelvey, Fernandez

Crowd: 59,869 (though obviously nowhere near that in the stadium with thousands and thousands of empty seats)

(Rafa Benitez post-match verdict – Newcastle have to spend up to £75m on forward positions – Read HERE)

(Unai Emery very happy with what he saw…Watch HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)

(Rafa’s team outclassed but not disgraced – Read HERE)

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