Mikel Arteta says Arsenal need to sit down with Alex Lacazette to discuss his future at the club but that won’t happen while the games are coming thick and fast.
Like strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, there’s been plenty of speculation about where the Frenchman might be playing his football next season.
Atletico Madrid are long-term admirers and it’s said we could be tempted to sell to raise funds to strengthen other areas of the squad.
Voted Arsenal’s player of the season in 2018/19, Lacazette has struggled for form this year but still has the respect of the boss who loves his attitude.
“We have to have a chat about the next step with him and get his ideas and his feelings,” Arteta told his pre-Leicester press conference.
“As I said, I am really happy with him. He’s a player that I’ve always liked, even when I wasn’t here, because of what he brings to the team: his qualities, his ability, his work rate.
“So let’s see. Now we are in a crucial moment [of the season]. It’s no time to talk about a lot of contract situations. We still have time and we will do it in the right moment.”
The club are known to have opened negotiations over a contract extension during Unai Emery’s spell at the club but negotiations didn’t get too far.
Lacazette’s current deal ends in the summer of 2022 so unlike Aubameyang, who could walk away for free next summer, we do have a little time to either get an extension sorted or to sell him for decent cash.