Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will hold contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette as soon as the season is over, with his deal expiring this summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates their sides second goal with team mate Nicolas Pepe during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates their side’s second goal with teammate Nicolas Pepe during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on February 24, 2022. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / Getty Images)

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.

Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates with Nicolas Pepe (R) after his shot deflects off Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa (not pictured) for Arsenal's late winning goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on February 24, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Alexandre Lacazette (L) celebrates with Nicolas Pepe (R) after his shot deflects off Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa (not pictured) for Arsenal’s late winning goal on February 24, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

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.”

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