Mikel Arteta has given a reassuring message about Alexandre Lacazette’s future at Arsenal, claiming the Gunners “still have time” to secure his future.
Lacazette has been heavily linked with a departure from the Emirates Stadium in recent months. The 29-year-old still has two years left on his contract, but at his age, is running out of time to seal one last big move.
Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan have been linked with a move for Lacazette recently. Both clubs are likely to be in the Champions League next season, whereas that still looks out of reach for Arsenal.
However, Arteta is ready to talk to Lacazette about his plans, in a bid to sort out his future.
“We have to have a chat about the next step with him and get his idea, his feeling,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“As I said, I am really happy with him. He’s a player that I 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. And now we are in a crucial moment. It’s not time to talk about a lot of contractual situations.
“We still have time and we will do it in the right moment.”
ARTETA CONFIDENT OF AUBAMEYANG COMMITMENT
Lacazette is not the only Arsenal striker whose future is up in the air. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract next summer, so his future is an even more pressing matter for them to determine.
The captain is still reportedly seeking a long-term deal, despite being 31. However, Arteta spoke last week of his hope that Aubameyang will stay.
“It’s the way I feel, the way I communicate with him, the conversations I have with him, with the people around him and the energy that I sense,” Arteta said when quizzed about Aubameyang’s desire to stay.
“It’s just my opinion things change in football very quickly, but when you ask me in this moment about Auba’s future, I feel that he wants to continue with us and keep helping us to be a better team.”