Mikel Arteta has praised Alexandre Lacazette for his recent form, after the Frenchman struck a brace in the 4-0 win over West Brom.
It made it 4 goals in his last 3 Premier League games, and it’s 5 in 4 when you count the strike against Man City in the EFL Cup defeat.
Lacazette is heading towards the final 12 months of his current contract, but there’s no sense of urgency from the manager, as he insists it’s a situation they’ll deal with at the end of the season.
“We will talk in the summer and make a decision on what is going to happen,” said the Spaniard.
“We haven’t talked about anything relating to his contract. I’m delighted with the way he is performing, the goals he is scoring and the form and energy he is in at the moment.
“He needs to keep doing that.”
Lacazette is the club’s leading scorer in all competitions this season with 9 goals to his name.
Nicolas Pepe, Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are next best, with 5 each.
Goal-scoring has been a bit of an issue during this campaign, and credit to Laca for his recent form.
However, from what Arteta says it seems unlikely we’ll be offering new terms to a player who, at that point, will be 30 years of age.
Given the age profile of the squad, and the need to raise funds for rebuilding, that makes sense, but let’s hope he can continue this hot streak between now and then.