Alexandre Lacazette would be “a great addition” for Arsenal if they can push through a £57 million deal, says Mikael Silvestre.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with the Lyon striker for a number of years and are finally in a position to discuss a big-money transfer.
Silvestre believes a move would make sense, with Arsene Wenger in need of another proven frontman.
He feels that Lacazette would complement those already at Emirates Stadium and benefit from playing alongside an enviable collection of creative influences.
The former Arsenal defender told talkSPORT: "He is very active, he can play both sides, technically he is very gifted and he has been scoring 25, 30 goals for the last four years in the French league so he is a proven goalscorer.
"In terms of adaptability to Arsenal's style, he has all the qualities. He is very intelligent, he can make up the play with [Mesut] Ozil, with [Aaron] Ramsey, with [Danny] Welbeck.
"I think he would be a great addition for Arsenal. And he speaks French!"
Arsenal have also been linked with another French forward on the books of a Premier League rival, in the form of Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.
While happy to talk up Lacazette for a role in north London, Silvestre feels a raid on Old Trafford would make little sense for all concerned.
The former France international, who spent nine years with United before linking up with Arsenal, added on Martial: "It's been difficult for him.
"Arsene could be interested, but United needs that type of striker. He should stick around."
After netting 17 times in his debut campaign with the Red Devils, Martial managed just eight goals last season.
In contrast, Lacazette recorded a new personal best tally of 37 in all competitions for Lyon.