Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will hold contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette as soon as the season is over, with his deal expiring this summer.
Speaking in his pre-Leicester City press conference, Mikel Arteta confirmed that Arsenal have agreed to discuss Alexandre Lacazette’s contract situation with the striker in the summer.
“We agreed to do it in the summer,” Arteta said. “We are going to do it as soon as the season is finished.”
As things stand, Lacazette is set to be a free agent in June. Spanish outlet Sport report that he’s one of Atletico Madrid’s options to replace Luis Suarez this summer, with the Uruguayan striker also up in June.
But Lacazette’s time with Arsenal may not be over just yet. Jeunes Footeux report that Lacazette has impressed Mikel Arteta recently, and they’re now reviewing their previous contract offer to him.
The Gunners are considering making a more attractive financial offer to keep Lacazette around, though nothing will be finalised until the end of the season.
Lacazette hasn’t been scoring lately, but he’s top of the Premier League for assists in the last nine games (with seven).
All seven of those assists came in wins for Arsenal, so he’s clearly having an impact.
Arteta had previously admitted the future is still uncertain for the striker, adding that Lacazette is at least acting like someone who wants to stick around.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the season,” Arteta said.
“We don’t have contracts that run for 20 years, it’s part of our job. He behaves like someone who wants to stay with us.”
As well as Atletico, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas recently told the media they intend to make a move for Lacazette this summer.
“We’ll do our best to sign Alexandre Lacazette in June,” Aulas said.
Lyon director Vincent Ponsot added: “We’ve seen the maturity that he’s acquired. We’ve always remained in contact with him. But bringing in big players is always complicated.”