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Mike Arteta hints at no contract talks with Lacazette

Lacazette will be out of contract in the summer and Arsenal boss Mike Arteta has hinted of no contract talks with the Arsenal player.

There’s a worrying lack of Arsenal strikers that are likely to be at the club next season, with Nketiah and Lacazette out of contract in the summer. 

However, Falorin Balogun will be ready to step up to being a regular starter either, and so Arsenal could be left with no recognized center-forward next season without spending millions in the transfer market.

Arteta has already hinted that Emile Smith-Rowe could be a “very good” Number 9, and there were rumours that Martinelli was being trained in that position, but again, the Gunners won’t have anyone with great experience in the forward line.

Alexandre Lacazette should be given a contract extension, but with club’s recent experience of giving big money contracts to over 30’s having been less than successful, its wait and see for the Frenchman.

And going by Arteta’s latest words on Lacazette, it sounds like the 30 year-old is looking for a last big contract for a few years before he retires, but it doesn’t sound like the club are willing. 

Arteta told HITC when asked about the need to replace Lacazette: “Yeah but we don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the season.” he said. “What he needs to do is put aside his future. We don’t have contracts that last 20 years. That’s part of our job.”

Arsenal is going to stick to their policy of buying more youthful players with the potential to increase their value to the club, and so the Arsenal Boss already has his eyes on certain targets for the summer.

Lacazette will be missed, but no one is irreplaceable and Arteta and Edu will be bringing in some more quality players this time around as well…

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