Arteta insists Arsenal will extend Lacazette’s contract

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has maintained the club’s desire to extend the contract of Alexandre Lacazette amid Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s interest

    Lacazette has two years left on his contract at the Emirates, but Arsenal could open up talks with the French striker over a new deal in the coming months.

    The 29-year-old forward, who arrived from Lyon in 2017 for a reported fee of €53million plus €7m in add-ons, has racked up 46 goals and 22 assists in 120 appearances in all competitions over the past three years.

    However, Lacazette has tumbled down the pecking order since Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December, recording just nine Premier League starts under the Spanish manager.

    A lack of confidence has seen the France international net only three goals in his last 15 top-flight outings, which has seen Eddie Nketiah take his place in the starting XI.

    Against this backdrop, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid continue to follow Lacazette’s situation in north London with great attention, as both La Liga giants look to bolster their respective attacking options this summer.

    But, Arteta has reiterated his confidence in his star striker, revealing the club’s plan to kick-start negotiations with Lacazette over a new contract.

    “We have to have a chat about the next step with him and get his idea, his feeling,” Arteta said, as relayed by the Daily Mirror. “As I said, I am really happy with him. He is a player that I always liked, even when I wasn’t here, because of what he brings to the team – his qualities, his abilities, his work-rate.

    “So, let’s see. But now we are in a crucial moment. There is no time to talk about a lot of contractual situations. We still have time, and we will do it at the right moment.”

    Gabriel Martinelli, Buyako Saka, Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari, and David Luiz have all recently extend their contracts at Arsenal, and the ex-Lyon talisman could be the next in line.

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