Arsenal will wait until summer to begin Lacazette contract talks
Arsenal will wait until the summer to begin contract talks with striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to boss Mikel Arteta.
The Frenchman scored two in the recent 4-0 victory over West Brom, with Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka also getting on the scoresheet.
The three points pushed Arsenal up to 11th in the Premier League table on 23 points. They seem to have turned their fortunes around after coming under fire earlier in the campaign.
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Arteta has now provided an update on the situation of Lacazette at the Emirates.
Speaking to reporters after the victory over West Brom, he said: “We will talk in the summer and make a decision on what is going to happen.
“We haven’t talked about anything relating to his contract. I’m delighted with the way he is performing, the goals he is scoring and the form and energy he is in at the moment. He needs to keep doing that.”
Lacazette has now scored five goals in his last four games, making up for misfiring teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Lacazette’s contract is set to expire in June 2022, forcing the Gunners to look at a contract extension.
The 29-year-old could end up finishing his career in North London if he signs a long term deal.
Lacazette was previously criticised by pundit and club legend Ian Wright, who said the striker should be dropped.
But he has since proved his worth to Arteta and will now be one of the first names on the team sheet.
Left back Tierney was also singled out for praise by the Spaniard.
He scored a great solo goal to open the scoring. Speaking about Tierney, Arteta said: “He can still improve, but at the moment he is a real threat in attack and has been really solid defensively.
“He’s so humble, he had a really bad injury, was away from home, but he is a natural leader. When he talks he says the right things and he is exactly what we’re looking for. I’m so pleased to have him in the team.”