Mikel Arteta hails Arsenal fans ahead of north London derby
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Sevilla have set their minimum asking price for striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who is reportedly on the radar of Arsenal. En-Nesyri has been catching the eye for Sevilla recently and is being tipped for a transfer to the Premier League in January.
En-Nesyri scored 18 goals in 38 La Liga appearances last season, just 23 of which were starts, and has two goals and an assist in five league games so far this campaign.
The 24-year-old’s goal tally in 2020/21 was bettered only by Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, Gerard Moreno and Luis Suarez in La Liga.
The Moroccan was brilliant in the Champions League, too, where he netted six goals in eight appearances, four of which were starts.
Arsenal signed six new players in the summer transfer window, splashing out around £150million on Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard, but they could still do with a striker.
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The futures of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both up in the air at the moment, with the duo set to be out of contract in June 2022.
The Gunners have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli and Folarin Balogun on the books, yet could be in the market for a more proven goalscorer in January.
If they want to sign En-Nesyri then they will have to stump up at least £38.5m (€45m), according to Mundo Deportivo.
The striker joined Sevilla from Leganes for around £17m (€20m) in January 2020 and is under contract until June 2025.
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The La Liga club, who are run by transfer guru Monchi, are said to be ‘calm’ about the situation, having previously rejected an approach from West Ham in the summer.
A swap deal involving Lacazette has previously been mooted in the Spanish media by Estadio Deportivo.
Arsenal are reportedly happy to include the 30-year-old French striker in any negotiations for En-Nesyri, but know his inclusion would not drive down the asking price by much due to his contractual situation.
Lacazette has been a peripheral figure at Arsenal so far this season, making just three appearances in all competitions.
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While he has scored twice in the Carabao Cup, he has played just 31 minutes as a substitute in the Premier League.
Arteta was asked about Lacazette’s future recently and said nothing has been decided yet.
“We discuss that internally and we discuss that with him,” Arteta said ahead of Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham.
“It’s a long season ahead of us, everything can happen, everything is open.”
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