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Mikel Arteta makes claim about Alexandre Lacazette's Arsenal future

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has claimed that anything can still happen with respect to the future of Alexandre Lacazette.

The Frenchman has entered the final year of his contract. Almost every Arsenal fan expects him to leave for free next summer, but Arteta’s latest comments hint that he could yet extend his stay.

The Arsenal boss was asked if he will be forced to sell Lacazette in January if he doesn’t sign a new deal. Arteta responded saying they’ve had internal discussions already and that ‘everything is open’.

Arteta on Lacazette: Anything is possible

The Gunners boss said in his press conference, as per Hayters TV (14:56): “We discussed that internally and we discussed that with him.

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“There’s a long season ahead of us – anything can happen, everything is open. He just needs to concentrate on performing and contributing to the team like he always does.

“He’s a phenomenal character. He’s somebody that is always pushing and has a real interest to help the team. That is not going to change – and after we will see what happens.”

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Should Arsenal offer Laca a new deal?

Lacazette is a phenomenal player and he has been a great help to all the youngsters in the squad. Keeping him around wouldn’t be a bad idea at all, but if Arsenal’s recent transfer strategy is anything to go by, he’ll likely be released at the end of his contract.

Edu and Arteta made it clear in the summer window that Arsenal’s priority is to bring in young players who have the potential to become world-beaters in a few years time.

Lacazette, unfortunately for him, doesn’t check that box anymore. He’ll turn 31 at the end of this season and giving him a new deal, although it’s not the worst idea, doesn’t really fit what Arsenal are trying to do at the moment.

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