Suggestions that Arsenal could look to tie down Alex Lacazette to a new short-term deal are wide of the mark, according to Mikel Arteta.
“Anything is possible” was the Spaniard’s take when he talked last month about extending the striker’s contract even though, realistically, the player’s age and profile, coupled with the money he could net as a free agent next summer, all suggest otherwise.
Today, facing the media ahead of the trip to Anfield, he gave short shrift to a situation that is obviously way down his list of concerns.
“There is so much talk,” he said. “What I can say is that I’m really happy with what Laca is doing at the moment, and I’ve said that we are not going to be talking about any of that until the end of the season.”
For the record, Lacazette will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from six weeks time.
Arteta also refused to be drawn on suggestions Arsenal will allow Mo Elneny to leave for a Turkish club in January.
Galatasaray are said to want the Egyptian, who is another who will be out of contract in the summer.
“Again, I’m really happy with Mo,” said the boss. “I won’t be discussing individually other players, and it’s no time to do so.”