Alex Lacazette says he is unaware of a report claiming Arsenal will sanction his sale this summer if the club don’t secure qualification to the Champions League.
The Frenchman, last year’s player of the year, has struggled for form in recent months with strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picking up the slack on the goalscoring front.
Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League second-leg clash with Olympiacos, Lacazette was quick to make clear he’s happy at Arsenal and also keen to see close pal Aubameyang, who is out of contract in July 2021, commit his long-term to the club.
“I didn’t know about this [report],” he said when asked about the overnight speculation. “I don’t know [where it came from].
“I have a contract with the club so there’s no point for me to leave if everyone is happy with me in the club.”
Asked about Aubameyang’s influence, he said: “He’s really important, he’s one of the best, maybe the best for Arsenal this season. Obviously, I hope he’s going to stay longer for the club.”
Known for having a close relationship with Aubameyang both on and off the pitch, it is perhaps unsurprising that Laca was keen to play up the importance of the club’s captain at a time when contract renewal talks are set to restart.
“I think people should talk more about Auba and what he’s doing in the game,” said the 28-year-old.
“He’s more than a goalscorer, he’s working a lot for the team defensively, making space for the other strikers, Eddie or me, I just think if we start to win trophies we’re going to talk more about what he’s doing.”