Arsenal legend Charlie Nicolas compares Celtic star Odsonne Edouard to Alexandre Lacazette

Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a potential transfer from Celtic to Arsenal
Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a potential transfer from Celtic to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas believes Celtic striker and Arsenal transfer target Odsonne Edouard would represent a possible replacement for Alexandre Lacazette, rather than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners are fretting over the futures of their two £50million strikers, but Aubameyang’s case if the most pressing, given he has just over a year left on his contract and is coveted by the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United.

Lacazette, meanwhile, who’s current deal does not expire until the summer of 2022, has struggled to find his best form this season having been hindered by a persistent ankle injury.

Edouard, meanwhile, has flourished at Celtic this term, scoring 28 goals in all competitions and Nicholas believes he bears a striking resemblance to his French compatriot Lacazette.

He told Sky Sports: ‘He could certainly play at Arsenal because the way they play, his style would be more than suitable for it.

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‘The problem is getting the judgement right over whether he’s ready right now, playing every week for Arsenal compared to who is there already.

‘I’m a big fan of Alexandre Lacazette, and Edouard has got quite a bit of Lacazette in style within his game.

‘He certainly would not come to England straightaway and score 20 to 25 goals in a season unless Arsenal find a renewed belief and they get the whole team right.

‘It’s got potential, absolutely, but I’m not convinced that they will go and buy him. The reason is that in Scotland, Celtic are gauging him as a £40m player.

‘This will come down to what Edouard wants. If he wants to leave, then he will leave. Celtic will take the cash rather than have a player who is not committed to the cause because historically that’s what they have done – with Dembele, Virgil van Dijk and Kieran Tierney.’

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