Alexandre Lacazette has given his verdict on rumours he could be part of a swap deal with Thomas Partey – and the Arsenal striker is not happy.
Lacazette’s future has been the subject of much speculation this summer, with manager Mikel Arteta needing to offload players so he can sign top targets such as Partey and Houssem Aouar.
There has been talk Lacazette could be used in a part-exchange deal to help the Gunners land Partey, with Atletico Madrid insisting they won’t sell the midfielder unless his £45m release clause is triggered.
The French forward could also be sold to help raise some of the funds required to sign Aouar, with Lyon valuing their midfield star at £54m.
Lacazette has two years remaining on his Arsenal deal and this summer would be a prime time to sell him before his transfer value begins to diminish.
But the 29-year-old insisted his future is at the Emirates, reacting angrily when asked about reports of a swap deal involving himself and Partey.
“If this is true, no, it does not please me,” Lacazette said in an interview with L’Equipe, cited by Metro.
“But what matters is the choice of the coach [Mikel Arteta] and his confidence.
“He’s the one who makes the team, not the managers upstairs in the offices, and I know I have his confidence.
“I’m at Arsenal, I signed a five-year contract to progress and win titles. I have two years left. I am determined to stay.”
Eddie Nketiah’s emergence has put increased pressure on Lacazette, who has also been linked with interest from Juventus.
But Arteta says the France international wants to stay and fight for his place.
Lacazette is likely to be in the squad for Arsenal’s opening day trip to Craven Cottage to face newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday.
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