Alexandre Lacazette’s recent form has led to speculation about his future, with links during the international break to clubs like Sevilla and Roma.
With 12 months left on his deal come the summer, that kind of speculation is inevitable, but Mikel Arteta says he’s happy that the Frenchman is generating interesting because it means other clubs are paying attention to good performances he’s producing for Arsenal.
“I’m always like it when people speculate about our players,” said the Arsenal boss, “because that means they are doing well, and they are getting attention.
“I think he’s been in really good form for months now. He’s sustaining that level, he’s scoring goals and he’s providing the team with something different as well.
“His work rate has been phenomenal, and it’s what we want. We need those kind of players hitting their best level, because over the course of the season we have been missing goals and that creativity in the final third.
“We need those players to step in and make the difference.
“The situation with Laca, we’ll address in the summer speak to him, and propose the future that we want, that’s it.
“Now I just want the players focused and only focused on performing, getting the best out of themselves for the team.”
What happens between now and May will go some way to deciding the striker’s future. It remains to be seen if Arsenal will have European football next season, and using resources to hang onto a player of 30+ may not be wisest idea.
It’s something Arteta acknowledged, saying, “Everything is related to where we are, how much we win and where we are playing next season.
“There are no exceptions, and we all need to be clear with that.”