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Mikel Arteta's Arsenal risk confirms everything Alexandre Lacazette needs to know


Alexandre Lacazette has been in and out of the Arsenal starting XI and the club have no plans to discuss the striker’s new contract imminently even though it expires this summer

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Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal will not engage in contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette until the end of the season.

The Frenchman’s current deal expires this summer but the Gunners have no plans to tie him down to an extension before that.

It means they run the risk of losing Lacazette, a man who cost them an initial £46.5m back in 2017, for nothing.

The former Lyon man has slipped down the pecking order at the Emirates with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of him.

Nevertheless Lacazette has often had a big impact when he’s come on and produced several big goals.

Come January the 30-year-old will be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement meaning by the time Arsenal come to the negotiation table the player’s future could be out of their hands.

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Alexandre Lacazette has struggled to become a regular starter
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“I don’t know there is so much stuff on his contract,” Arteta said on Friday. “What I can say is I’m really happy with what Lacazette is doing.

“We’re not going to be talking about any of that until the end of the season.”

Lacazette has started three times for the Gunners this term having struggled with illness back at the start of the season.

Back in the summer he was linked with the exit door as several clubs in Europe were touted as possible destinations.

Last month Arteta said on his forward’s future: “It’s the situation that we have and we have to accept it.

“I cannot ask anything from the player… and it’s not an individual situation because it has a knock-on effect.

“All of this we have had to deal with in the past and still now, we have to see what the best option is for everybody at the end of the season.





“I had no doubts about that [his motivation] and if I did I would probably have decided to do something different in the summer if the motivation was just his financial future.

“It’s not the case with Laca and he has shown that since I’ve been here every single day and he remains a really important player for us.”

The Arsenal boss appears to be struggling to accommodate all his striking options.

Eddie Nketiah’s future is also in doubt with the striker looking to play far more regularly whilst youngster Folarin Balogun is yet to get many opportunities.

Gabriel Martinelli, who is capable of playing out wide, is another option.


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