Mikel Arteta reveals that talks with Alexandre Lacazette about his future at Arsenal will have to wait
Mikel Arteta reveals conversations with striker Alexandre Lacazette about his future at Arsenal, who will have to wait for fixtures to pile up: ‘There is no time to talk about many contractual situations’
Mikel Arteta admits that Arsenal should have conversations with striker Alexandre Lacazette about his future in North London, but the manager insists the discussions will have to wait for their fixture to pile up.
The 29-year-old has two years left on his current deal and Arteta insists that he is ‘really happy’ with the French international, who scored 2-0 on Saturday against Wolves.
But Lacazette has only started half of Arsenal’s games since the restart, with Eddie Nketiah leading in his absence.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants to talk to striker Alexandre Lacazette about a new contract
“We need to talk to him about the next step and get his idea, his feeling,” said Arteta.
“I am very happy with him. He is a player that I always liked even when I was not there because of what he brings to the team – his qualities, his abilities, his pace of work. Let’s see. But now that we are at a crucial time, there is no time to talk about many contractual situations. We still have time and we will do it at the right time. ‘
The victory over Molineux was Arsenal’s fourth consecutive victory in all competitions. It could also be a crucial three points in the race for the Champions League.
Arteta’s squad faces a hectic series of matches that will delay talks with the French attacker
Prior to a pivotal 10-day period with games against Leicester, Tottenham and Liverpool, Arteta’s side is in seventh place – six points in fifth place, which could be good enough for the Champions League if Manchester City’s European ban is not will be destroyed.
“I think we should win every game and then wait and pray,” said Arteta.
“We have to go game by game. A few weeks ago we were really far, even thinking about Europe. We’re a little closer right now, so let’s go game by game and see where it takes us. ‘
Lacazette scored his team’s second goal on Saturday in their 2-0 Premier League win over Wolves
He added: “We have a good run and we have some momentum. We are at a crucial point in the season where we will face the top teams in the next two weeks.
‘We try to prepare as well as possible. We know how important these games are for the future of the season.
“We are very focused and committed to trying to do the best we can.”
The 29-year-old was signed for £ 53 million in 2017 and has two more years to go on his existing deal