Towards the end of the transfer window, a surprise claim from the French press emerged that Lyon wanted to bring back Alexandre Lacazette.

This was then backed up by Jean-Michel Aulas, the club’s president, who backed it all up, and he’s not letting go of the idea.

The talk of Lacazette leaving Arsenal on a free and returning to his old club came up again in the press conference to announce Maxence Caqueret’s new contract, with RMC Sport reporting the quotes.

Both the Vincent Ponsot, the club’s director, and the president, Aulas, had something to say on the matter.

The former said: “We’ll continue until the end, it’s a desire for us.”

As for the man in charge of everything: “If there is a need to make compromises to have him, we will do it.”

Before moving to Arsenal in 2017 for a fee exceeding £47m, Lacazette had made 275 appearances for Lyon, scoring 129 goals and assisting another 43.

In contrast, since joining the Gunners, he has scored 71 and assisted 36 in 203 games.

His contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season, and it remains to be seen if he’ll extend his stay or not.