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Antoine Griezmann longs to play with Arsenal’s leading assist provider

By Ben Green

Published: 13:11, 23 July 2019

Barcelona newcomer Antoine Griezmann has articulated a desire to one day play alongside “friend” and international colleague Alexandre Lacazette at club level. 

The 28-year-old Frenchman finished the 2018/19 season as Arsenal’s leading assist provider (8) and was subsequently linked with a move to the Camp Nou.

Lacazette’s links to Barca: Five things to know…

  • Before the £107.6m acquisition of Griezmann, Lacazette was strongly associated with a move to Catalonia.
  • A generic Lacazette silhouette subsequently appeared on the official Barca website during the speculation.
  • This sparked concern among Arsenal fans that the Frenchman was set for a Barca move.
  • However, the statistical profile simply proved to be part of the website’s far-reaching player database.
  • The Frenchman has previously told Telefoot that “it’s flattering” being linked to Barca, but he looks set to stay in north London now.

However, Lacazette now looks destined to remain on the books in north London, but that hasn’t stopped Griezmann from dreaming of forming a future strike partnership, with the World Cup winner expressing an aspiration to link up with his fellow countryman at some point down the line.

He told Sky Sports: “I would love to play with Lacazette.

“He’s a friend of mine, we played together in the national team. He’s an amazing player, has a lot of talent.”

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Lacazette is Griezmann’s No 1 striker of choice 

When he’s not posting controversial videos on his future, winning the World Cup, or lighting up some of world football’s most iconic stadiums, Griezmann is no stranger to dabbling in the art of management simulation.

Perhaps preparing for a future career in the dugout, or simply passing the time with one of life’s greatest hobbies, the Frenchman is a huge fan of the Football Manager franchise.

In previous instalments of the video game series, Griezmann has often posted updates of his save to social media, and Football Manager 2019 has been no exception to that rule.

His latest adventure on the touchline has been with Arsenal, and despite completely overhauling the Gunners’ squad, Lacazette retained his place up top.

There were some star-studded names in his 4-2-3-1, including his Atletico Madrid successor Joao Felix, Juventus new boy Matthijs de Ligt, Barcelona’s latest midfield maestro Frenkie de Jong and Leverkusen wing-wizard Leon Bailey.

He also brought in highly-regarded German striker Timo Werner but even he couldn’t supplant Lacazette and had to settle for a place on the bench, showing just how much Griezmann truly rates his compatriot.