David Seaman urges Arsenal to keep hold of Alexandre Lacazette
Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has told his former club that they can’t afford to lose experienced striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer, with the forward yet to agree a new contract.
Lacazette came on to score last Monday against Crystal Palace. He has struggled for starts this term, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang often preferred in the number nine role.
The Frenchman, who earns around £182k-a-week (£9m-a-year), is set to leave the Gunners as things stand. He is yet to agree fresh terms, and as yet, there is no sign of anything been agreed yet.
However, former goalkeeper Seaman has told Sky Sports that despite his lack of starts, Lacazette is important for Arsenal and they should look to keep hold of him.
“I would say so, yeah. You don’t want to see people of that quality leaving the club,” Seaman said of a new contract for Lacazette.
“At the moment we’re finding it hard to attract those sorts of players so the last thing you want is them leaving. So offer him a new contract. Hopefully he’s happy doing what he’s doing, coming off the bench and scoring. So, yeah, I certainly don’t want to see him go.”
TBR’s View: Seaman has a point but the wages are huge for Arsena
Seaman makes a valid point here that Lacazette is a quality operator on his day and does impact the team. The issue for Arsenal is that his contract is huge and he’s past 30 now as well.
That is a big problem really. The Gunners don’t want to find themselves tied into another massive deal with an older player who they then can’t shift on.
If Lacazette is happy to take a bit of a cut and a shorter deal, then maybe there’s something to be done. But he’ll want a longer contract elsewhere, and in all likelihood, will probably get it.