Mikel Arteta will decide on Alexandre Lacazette’s future in the summertime with Roma, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid believed to have an interest within the Arsenal striker.
The Frenchman’s contract expires in 2022 and Arteta is content material for the striker to be attracting admirers because it means he’s performing effectively for the Gunners.
The 29-year-old, who joined the Gunners in 2017 from Lyon, has been linked with Roma, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.
“I’m at all times completely happy when individuals speak about our gamers and speculate – meaning they’re doing effectively and getting consideration from different golf equipment,” stated Arteta.
“The scenario with Laca we are going to tackle in the summertime, converse to him and simply suggest the long run we wish and that’s it.
“Now I simply need gamers centered and solely centered on performing and getting the very best out of them for the workforce.”
Lacazette has scored in every of his final two Premier League outings, together with the winner within the north London derby in opposition to Tottenham.
He’s on target for his most prolific top-flight marketing campaign since arriving from Lyon in 2017, having struck 11 instances within the league forward of Saturday’s conflict with Liverpool.
“I feel he has been actually good, in actually good kind for months now,” stated Arteta.
“He’s sustaining that stage, scoring objectives and offering the workforce with one thing completely different as effectively. His work-rate has been phenomenal and it’s what we wish.
“We’d like these sort of gamers hitting the very best stage once we need to have the prospect to do this as a result of over the course of the season now we have been lacking objectives, that creativity within the remaining third and we want these gamers to step in and make the distinction for the workforce.”
Arsenal have attracted criticism up to now for handing profitable contracts to gamers within the latter levels of their careers.
Former Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, turned a peripheral squad member at Emirates Stadium after agreeing a bumper new deal in 2018, whereas 31-year-old captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struggled to impress earlier this season within the aftermath of his extension.
Requested in regards to the steadiness between providing large contracts to senior gamers and having room to carry by means of children, Arteta replied: “Every part is expounded to the place we’re, how a lot we win and the place we’re taking part in subsequent season.
“There aren’t any exceptions and all of us should be clear with that and extra with the context now we have proper now in our trade.”
Arsenal sit ninth within the desk, 9 factors adrift of the highest 4.
Successful the Europa League seems to be to be their finest likelihood of securing a Champions League return.
After internet hosting Jurgen Klopp’s aspect this weekend, the Gunners face Slavia Prague on Thursday within the first leg of their European quarter-final.