Mikel Arteta lauds Lacazette, remains coy over Frenchman's future 

Mikel Arteta lauds Lacazette, remains coy over Frenchman's future 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hailed Alexandre Lacazette for his impact but remains coy over the striker's future. 

Lacazette is yet to sign a new deal at the Emirates with his current contract set to expire next summer and will be free to open negotiations with clubs overseas in January. The Frenchman off the bench to help the Gunners secure a point from Crystal Palace, forcing a 2-2 draw. 

Speaking to the media ahead of Friday's game against Aston Villa, Arteta refused to confirm whether the former Lyon man will be offered a new contract amid uncertainty over his future at the Emirates. 

"It's the situation that we have and we have to accept it. I cannot ask anything from the player… and it's not an individual situation because it has a knock-on effect," he said. 

"All of this we have had to deal with in the past and still now, we have to see what the best option is for everybody at the end of the season."


"I had no doubts about that [his motivation] and if I did I would probably have decided to do something different in the summer if the motivation was just his financial future.

"It's not the case with Laca and he has shown that since I've been here every single day and that he remains a really important player for us. I think he was able to transmit that energy [against Crystal Palace] and that was contagious for the rest of the team and for the stadium."

On new contract 

"No. Anything is possible. He is our player, and I treat him like any other player, I'm not going to treat him differently because he has a year left or not a year left and that is what he deserves," responded Arteta when asked whether it is impossible that the 30-year-old will be offered a new contract.

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