Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has heaped praise on French attacking duo Alexandre Lacazette and Kylian Mbappé ahead of tonight’s international friendly, revealing he’d be happy to see them join him at Arsenal in future.
The Gunners have already had an informal bid of £87m for wonderkid Mbappé rejected, though they still remain in the battle for his signature.
Lyon’s prolific striker Alexandre Lacazette has been heavily linked with a move to north London in recent seasons and despite an increasing price, Arsenal are said to be interested in signing the 26-year-old.
Ahead of tonight’s friendly encounter at the Stade de France, Oxlade-Chamberlain was quizzed for his thoughts on whether he’d like to be playing alongside either or both for Arsenal.
“Anyone would want them in their team,” Alex was quoted as saying.
“First and foremost, Mbappe has been a phenomenal revelation this [last] season at such a young age. It is hard not to watch him closely. He is scoring so many goals and every week, it’s in your face!”
Mbappé netted 26 goals and created 14 assists across all competitions in 44 appearances at club level for Ligue 1 winners AS Monaco last season.
His fantastic form saw him rewarded with a senior France call-up under Didier Deschamps, where he has made three appearances since the announcement of his inclusion back in March.
“I have been monitoring him and he really is a quality player,” Alex continued.
“I feel the same about Lacazette. I have seen him for a good few years now and he is always scoring goals.”
Lacazette meanwhile, netted 37 goals and created five more (all comps) in 45 matches for Lyon last season. He has revealed his eagerness to earn a step-up in quality though, prompting high interest from a number of European clubs with Arsenal unsurprisingly near the top.
Should either, or both join Arsenal in the future, it’s likely that there would be a reshuffle in attack with a number of departures to accommodate their desire for regular first-team minutes.
Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoyed his best season for Arsenal despite missing a handful of matches through injury.
Eleven assists and six goals (all comps), having played in a variety of different positions is an impressive tally for someone keen to continue improving.
Having prolific forwards alongside him on the pitch will naturally help to develop his progression further.