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The Daily Rojiblanco: October 3, 2017

Lacazette tries to lure his pal to London.

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  • Lacazette pitches “Griezmann to Arsenal

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette made tabloid headlines yesterday by claiming that he would ask fellow France forward Antoine Griezmann to sign with Arsenal. The two have a close relationship via their time on the France squad and nearly linked up in Madrid this past summer

Griezmann has been heavily linked with Manchester United for what seems like forever and much of the speculation around his future points to an eventual move away from Atlético Madrid. Given Lacazette’s early success with the Gunners this year and his established chemistry with Griezmann, this one could turn out to be more concrete than most British tabloid fodder.

Then again, this may be the last we hear of it.

  • Simeone talks to SER

Diego Simeone gave a fairly extensive interview on Cadena SER’s “El Larguero” show Monday night (en Español). Simeone said his recently-confirmed renewal was agreed with the belief that the club has a big future ahead, especially with Vitolo and Diego Costa set to arrive in January. Despite those two high-profile incomings, Cholo warned that places will still be up for grabs come 2018.

The boss also called for calm after difficult results against Chelsea and Leganés and called Lucas Hernández a “phenomenon” who will be “one of the best center halves in the world. He even fired an overdue parting shot toward little brother Theo, who defected for Real Madrid: “It’s for the best. We don’t want people who aren’t committed to what the team needs.”

  • Hasta Siempre, Vicente Calderón

A new book detailing the history of Atlético Madrid’s former stadium was unveiled yesterday — and it comes just two days after the Vicente Calderón’s gates closed forever. Authored by Patricia Cazón, “Hasta Siempre Vicente Calderón” features quotes from former players, commentators and fans recounting memories of the Calderón.

It is unclear if an English translation will be made available, but the release on the club website was made only in Spanish, so it seems the rest of us may be out of luck.