Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal future will be discussed at the end of the season, Mikel Arteta emphasizes with interest from Roma and Sevilla, while praising the attackers’ ‘phenomenal’ work pace and impressive goal-scoring form.
- Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with an exit this summer
- Roma and Sevilla are two interested parties in Arsenal’s Frenchman in shape
- But boss Mikel Arteta insists he won’t talk about his future until after the season
- He praised the ‘phenomenal’ forward after a run of three goals in four games
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will turn to Alexandre Lacazette’s future in the summer amid new interest in the in-form striker.
Roma and Sevilla have joined longtime admirers of Atletico Madrid to keep an eye on Lacazette, Arteta welcomes.
Arteta praised the Frenchman, who scored three in his last four league games and 13 in all competitions this season, for his displays and ‘phenomenal’ work speed.
Alexandre Lacazette’s Arsenal future will be settled in the summer, says boss Mikel Arteta
But with his contract expiring next summer and Lacazette turning 30 next month, the situation regarding his long-term future poses a potential dilemma for Arsenal.
Arteta said: ‘I am always happy when people talk and speculate about our players – that means they are doing well and getting attention from other clubs.
‘We will discuss the situation with Laca in the summer, talk to him and just imagine the future we want and that’s all. Now I just want players to be focused and focused only on performing and getting the best out of them for the team.
‘Yeah, I think he’s been really good, in really good shape for months. He maintains that level, scores goals and also gives the team something else. His work pace was phenomenal and that’s what we want.
The Spaniard welcomed the interest of Roma and Sevilla after Lacazette’s form for goal
“ We need those kind of players who get the best level if we want to have the chance to do that, because over the season we missed goals, that creativity in the last third and we need those players to to grab and make. the difference for the team. ‘
Arsenal are ninth and nine points out of the top four, making the Europa League look increasingly like their best chance at securing a return to the Champions League.
They face Slavia Prague in the quarter-finals, with the first leg next week.
And Arteta admitted that how the rest of the season unfolds will affect the long-term futures of those players with insecure players.
The Frenchman has enjoyed a streak of three goals in his last four Premier League games
The rest of Arsenal’s season will have an impact on the long-term future of players, Arteta said
He said: ‘It all has to do with where we are, how much we win and where we play next season and there are no exceptions and we all need to be clear with that and more with the context we have in our industry now. ‘
Arsenal will return to action against Liverpool on Saturday evening and will continue to assess Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe.
Saka had to withdraw from the England senior squad due to a hamstring problem, while Smith Rowe also struggled with a hip problem while away with the England under 21.
Arteta said, “He [Saka] has not yet trained with the team. He’s done some individual work. We unfortunately had to get him out of the England team, but he feels better, but he hasn’t trained with the England team yet.
‘He [Smith Rowe] had some discomfort in his hip so they decided to keep him out. We will see how he comes today, talk to the doctors and the physios and see if he is available for training tomorrow [Friday]