Mikel Arteta is enjoying Alexandre Lacazette’s performances at the moment, but there are no plans to talk about his contract until the summer.
Alexandre Lacazette has been bouncing back to his best in recent weeks with Arsenal. He’s scored five goals in his last four games, netting in all of them, including against Manchester City and Chelsea.
To many, this came as a bit of a surprise. The team had been on such a terrible run of form, with Lacazette playing a role in that. Arsenal fans would need to check out Ku Casino to lift their spirits as the team dropped down the table.
After scoring in the first three games of the season, Lacazette only had one goal in his next 12 in all competitions.
But right now, the 29-year-old’s performances are very encouraging, but Mikel Arteta says they aren’t rushing to extend his contract just yet. The striker’s current deal lasts until 2022.
“We will talk in the summer and make a decision then,” said Arteta. “We have not talked [now] about anything related to his contract.
“I am delighted with the way he has performed because he is scoring, has the form and energy at the moment, so he needs to keep doing that.”
We can certainly expect to see more of Lacazette in the coming weeks, regardless of his contract situation. After such a poor run in the Premier League before Christmas, Arteta has finally found something that works, and Lacazette has been a big part of that.
“He was great,” Arteta added after the win over West Bromwich Albion. “He needed that confidence with the goals.
“His work rate is always there, he’s always fighting for the team but he needed that luck for the ball to land to him in the right moments.
“I think he’s in a great moment, we have to take advantage of that and give him minutes because it seems like he’s enjoying it.”
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring so infrequently at the moment, Arsenal desperately needed Lacazette to step up. Aubameyang is only up to five goals for the season so far, one every 293 minutes, and that’s including the Community Shield.
Thankfully, Lacazette has finally found his feet in front of goal. He’s enjoying Arteta’s tactical setup, and now just needs to keep going and maintain the consistency he’s rarely been able to produce in recent seasons.