Arteta admits there’s been no talks over Lacazette contract, with ‘decision’ over future to be made in summer

Mikel Arteta has revealed he will make a ‘decision’ over the future of Alexandre Lacazette during the summer with no contract talks having been held with the Arsenal forward.

Lacazette will have just a year remaining on his contract next summer though there have been no talks regarding an extension for the France international, who is the Gunners’ leading scorer this season and has enjoyed a fine run of form with four goals in his past three league appearances.

The 29-year-old scored twice as Arsenal secured a third consecutive Premier League victory with a 4-0 win at West Brom on Saturday, though Arteta insists there is no urgency over a new deal and says the forward’s future will be discussed at the end of the current campaign.

“We have not talked about anything related to his contract,” Arteta said.

“I am delighted with the way he has performed because he is scoring, has the form and energy at the moment so he needs to keep doing that.

“We will talk in the summer and make a decision then.”

Lacazette signed for Arsenal in a then club-record £46.5m deal from Lyon in 2017 and has scored 57 goals in 146 appearances in all competitions, being named as the club’s Player of the Season in 2018/19 and forming part of the side that won the FA Cup last season.

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