Arsenal journalist Chris Wheatley has claimed that striker Alexandre Lacazette has ‘no intention’ of signing a new contract with the north London club.
As things stand, the French forward is into the final year of his current deal. Having been linked with a move away from the club this summer, it does not seem as if the player’s long-term future will see him stay at Arsenal.
Despite him remaining at the club for the beginning of the season, Wheatley has now claimed that people close to Lacazette have told him that the 30-year-old will not be signing a new contract, and so this means he will likely be gone by the start of next season.
While talking on his own YouTube show, Wheatley explained (00:55):
“As it stands, he’s set to see out his contract at Arsenal. People close to the player have told me that he has no intention of signing a new contract with Arsenal. That doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon.
“So Lacazette, we would expect to see him leave in the summer, or perhaps in January, but as things stand, Mikel Arteta is more than happy to keep the Frenchman at the club.”
TIF thoughts on Alexandre Lacazette and Arsenal…
Lacazette has played a minor part in the Gunner’s league campaign so far, with just one appearance to his name. This is in stark contrast to last season where he played a much more pivotal role for Mikel Arteta, scoring 13 times in 31 matches in the league.
Will Arsenal qualify for European football this season?
Even still, it’s more than likely the 30-year-old will be keen to get involved in the starting lineup again as soon as possible, if only so that he can put on a good show for any potential suitors next summer. Perhaps the trip away to Burnley this weekend will afford him an opportunity to impress.