Arsenal ‘are not willing to offer Alex Lacazette a new long-term contract, but could offer him a shorter one’
Arsenal “ are not willing to offer Alex Lacazette a new long-term contract, but could offer him a shorter deal ” after re-establishing themselves as a key player under Mikel Arteta this season
- Alexandre Lacazette’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of this season
- The Frenchman started the season slowly but is now a key player for the Gunners
- Lacazette is not in line for long-term extension at Arsenal, reportedly
- The 30-year-old could get a short-term deal, but no decision has been made.
Arsenal are unwilling to give Alexandre Lacazette a new long-term contract extension, but could give the Frenchman a shorter one before his current contract expires, reports say.
The 30-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of the season and Lacazette set out to leave the Gunners after he only played 50 minutes of Premier League football for the club before the October international break.
But the forward has found a way back to Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup and is now paired alongside captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Arsenal winning six of their last eight top flight matches.
Arsenal are not willing to offer Alex Lacazette a new long-term contract, according to reports.
The 30-year-old has recently re-established himself as a trusted player under Mikel Arteta.
And according to The Athletic, Arsenal could decide to give Lacazette a short-term contract at the end of the campaign, but a decision on the forward’s future has yet to be made.
Lacazette now revels in a new offensive midfielder role behind forward Aubameyang and has started the Gunners’ last three league games, with North Londoners scoring three points each.
He scored his first Premier League goal of the season with a last-gasp draw at home to Crystal Palace last month, while the forward has also scored in two Carabao Cup wins over West Brom and AFC Wimbledon.
Gunners coach Arteta has been coy about his French forward’s future since the start of the season, revealing last month that the 30-year-old has “quality.”
Arteta (right) has been shy about Lacazette’s future (middle) since the start of the season.
Arteta said in October: ‘We are focusing on getting the best out of Laca and he shows every day that his commitment is here.
“We just want to give him the right minutes so he can show his quality and help the team do better.”
Lacazette was Arsenal’s top scorer last season with 17 goals in all competitions and has scored 68 times in 176 appearances since arriving from Lyon for £ 52m in the summer of 2017.
The Frenchman has recorded double-digit goals in each of his four Premier League seasons in North London, while also adding 29 assists at Arsenal.
Alongside Aubameyang and Lacazette, Arsenal have young forwards Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun in competition for the No. 9 spot.