There were lots of positives in Arsenal’s win over Watford on Sunday, and Alexandre Lacazette’s brace of assists was one of them.

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)

Alexandre Lacazette may not have scored an open-play goal for a while now – given the winner against Wolves went down as a Jose Sa own goal – but he’s certainly laying on the assists for his teammates.

The two assists Lacazette provided on Saturday were his sixth and seventh in the last nine league games.

The Arsenal fans recognised that contribution, despite the lack of goals from the striker, and they showed their appreciation by singing his name from the stands during the Watford match.

One fan caught Lacazette on camera responding to the chants, waving to the fans before patting the badge on his chest.

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Mikel Arteta recently suggested that Lacazette is behaving like someone who wants to stay with Arsenal beyond the summer, which is when his contract ends.

“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.”

The striker is currently free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club, but Arsenal aren’t planning to rush into extension talks with him.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND: Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrates after scoring their team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Arsenal at Carrow Road on December 26, 2021. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Getty Images)

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.”

L’Equipe previously reported that Lyon tried in vain to pry Lacazette away from Arsenal in January, and they’ll attempt to lure him back again in the coming months.

But perhaps if things continue to go well, Arsenal return to the Champions League, and the bond between the player and the fans strengthens further, Lacazette may instead decide to stay.

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