Paul Robinson predicts Alexandre Lacazette will ‘move on’ from Arsenal and says Martin Odegaard deal will be Mikel Arteta’s ‘priority’

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Sheffield United and Arsenal at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, northern England on April 11, 2021.
Arteta will have some big decisions to make this summer (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Paul Robinson believes Mikel Arteta has a big transfer window coming up ahead of him and suspects he will get rid of Alexandre Lacazette and prioritise the signing of Martin Odegaard.

Robinson, the former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper, was impressed by Arteta clearing out the ‘deadwood’ in January and feels a similar approach is required in the summer.

One big decision, Robinson feels, will be whether to keep both of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lacazette or let one of them leave.

He suspects Arteta will allow the latter to depart as he looks to freshen up his front line.

‘I think he had a good window in January,’ Robinson told Racing Post.

‘The lad they brought in on loan from Real Madrid [Odegaard] is outstanding, that’s got to be his priority to sign him in the summer.

Martin Odegaard of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on April 03, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Odegaard will be Arteta’s priority, says Robinson (Picture: Getty Images)

‘But he had a good window in January because he got a lot of deadwood in his squad. And he’s going to have to do that again.

‘He’s got an aging forward line, whether he goes with Aubameyang or Lacazette, which one of them stays… I think it will be Aubameyang that stays. I think you might see Lacazette move on.

‘I think he’s got to have a big window, he’s got to be backed and he’s got to rejuvenate the squad. It’s a huge job what he has.

‘Unai Emery came in after Wenger and he had a huge job to do and he made more of a mess than fix it, and then Arteta has had to pick up the pieces.

‘I like Arteta, I think he’s a bright, young manager. I think he’s got great ideas. He’s a top coach but he’s yet to prove himself at this level. To prove himself at that level he’s got to be given time and transfer windows to do it.’

While Robinson thinks it’s more likely for Lacazette to depart, he thinks Arteta and Aubameyang’s relationship is in need of repair.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on March 20, 2021 in St Albans, England.
Will Aubameyang and Lacazette both be at Arsenal next season? (Picture: Getty Images)

‘The relationship with Aubameyang is an interesting one. As a player if a manager does that to you and highlights that in a high-profile game, you can say it’s done, forgotten about pushed under the carpet – I don’t think it ever is.

‘It’s pushed to the back of your mind as a player or a manager. Manager, he’s let me down. Player, he’s done me over – why’s he left me out? There’s always going to be a little bit there.’

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