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Kevin Campbell says Arsenal need to sell player, if he does not sign contract

Arsenal-supporting pundit Kevin Campbell has claimed the Gunners need to look at selling Alexandre Lacazette, if he does not sign a new contract.

Lacazette, 30, is about to enter the final year of his deal with the north London club. 

According to Football London earlier in May, the French centre-forward was set to receive an offer from Arsenal to sign a one-year extension to his contract.  The report explained he would mull of his future amid interest from clubs in France, Spain and Italy.

Lacazette has been on the Arsenal books since 2017. His record of 65 goals in 170 appearances is an interesting one.

He’s a striker with natural instincts around the penalty box, netting 17 goals this season. However, there has always been a sense that he’s underachieved given his talent.

Campbell has advised his former club to extend the forward’s future. But he does warn Mikel Arteta’s side may need to sell him due to his contract situation, if he doesn’t agree to extend his stay beyond 2022.

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“I think [a contract] extension of a year would work, just a year,” Campbell told Highbury Squad.

“If he takes it, he takes it. If he doesn’t, then you maybe have to look to trade him.”

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New Lacazette contract crucial this summer

If you look at the work Arsenal need to do this summer, securing Lacazette’s future should be high on their agenda. 

They need to invest in the right-back and midfield position. 

Ideally, they would bring in another big-name forward. Perhaps they need to sacrifice in some areas, and getting someone proven like Lacazette to hang around an extra year makes sense. 

On his day he brings so much as the focal point to the XI.

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