- Arsenal star forward Lacazette is plotting to convince his friend Antoine Griezmann to join him at the Emirates
- The forward is in good terms with the Atletico forward and is hoping to put in good words to convince his friend to join the north London club
- Griezmann was close to joining Manchester United last summer
Arsenal new signing Alexandre Lacazette has promised to convince his ‘best mate’ Antoine Griezmann to join Arsenal when the Atletico Madrid star visits London.
Lacazette made the statement in an exclusive interview with Match of the Day magazine.
It's no secret that the France striker is very good friends with Atletico Madrid forward, and international teammate, Antoine Griezmann.
The pair have been photographed on numerous occasions joking about on the pitch and in training for Les Blues whenever the group meet up.
Speaking to Match of The Day magazine about his friendship with the 26-year-old, Lacazette said: "Yeah [Griezmann is my best mate], we are very good friends and have lots of fun.
"Our nicknames for each other are Griezzy and Lacaz. If Griezzy visits me in London, I'm going to ask him to sign for Arsenal!"
Now Lacazette is likely joking around, but Griezmann considering leaving La Liga for a new life in the Premier League isn't completely out of the question.
The France forward was linked with a move to Manchester United all summer, and was Jose Mourinho's first-choice signing ahead of Romelu Lukaku.
Griezmann even went as far as half admitting he would like to sign for the club, before it was announced that Atletico Madrid's transfer ban was to be upheld.
This prevented the Spanish club from replacing the striker, and the 26-year-old was not prepared to leave his team in the lurch, putting a stop to the deal.
Atletico have since confirmed the signing of Chelsea's Diego Costa, who will rejoin his former club in the January transfer window.
Arsenal fans will be hoping Lacazette can be an influential figure when he makes his decision.
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