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Mikel Arteta Opens Up on Alexandre Lacazette Exist As The Contract Runs Down



Alexandre Lacazette and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

Alexandre Lacazette is yet to start a Premier League game this season with his contract up in the summer and no extension proposed and Mikel Arteta has expressed the future of his Arsenal star.

Mikel Arteta claims Alexandre Lacazette is a “really important player” and never questioned whether he would participate despite his unpredictable future.

The Frenchman’s deal at the Emirates expires in the summer and no extension has been tabled as of yet.

Lacazette finds himself behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the pecking order, with none of the league appearances coming as a starter thus far.

The Arsenal forward was required to salvage a point for the north Londoners against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

He spoke after the game about looking to take his chances as he propels for more game time under Arteta.

But the Spaniard proceeds to speak fondly about his striker, whom he knew would go on to produce despite his current predicament.

“I had no doubts about that (his work ethic),” said Arteta.

“If I had, probably I would suggest to do something different with him in the summer, when a player could not find the motivation or if his interests are just with his financial future.

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

He added on his performance against Palace: “He created a different atmosphere straight away, with his determination and his quality and he tried to change the result straight away and [had] that belief in himself that he could do it.”

Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal player

Lacazette signed for Arsenal for over £45m from Lyon back in 2017 and has played under three different managers, scoring 68 times.

Arteta claimed “anything is possible” when it comes to the 30-year-old’s future at the Emirates.

Arsenal has made a mindful effort to lower the average age of their squad – something club chief Edu has been verbal about.

The likes of Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, and Martin Odegaard were all included in the summer.

He was interviewed on why Lacazette had not been tied down to a new deal and replied: “It depends on a lot of things, it is not just a matter of being willing.

“It is about being possible to fulfill that will and when, which is very important as well.”

Arsenal possesses a concerning history when it comes to overseeing players’ contracts with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Samir Nasri, and Robin van Persie all departing as a result.

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