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‘We will talk in the summer’ - Arteta on Lacazette's contract

Mon 04 January 2021 | 6:57

Alexandre Lacazette’s future at Arsenal is still up in the air and his contract will expire in 18 months.

Alexandre Lacazette

has been


’s top scorer this season with nine goals. He also managed to score twice in the game against

West Brom

on Saturday.

Although Lacazette’s contract expires in 18 months, it seems Arsenal manager

Mikel Arteta

has no intention of rushing to get the France striker tide down.

“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 has scored five times in their last four games. He scored twice in the second half of the game against West Brom and with Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka scoring one goal each, they won 4-0.

“He was great,” Arteta said. “He needed that confidence with the goals.

“His work rate is always there, he’s always fighting for the team but he needed that luck for the ball to land to him in the right moments.

“I think he’s in a great moment, we have to take advantage of that and give him minutes because it seems like he’s enjoying it.”

In contrast,

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

has been struggling to score as he was not able to score on Saturday which means he has just one goal in the game against Manchester United in November.

But it seems Arteta is not concerned about his captain and encourages other players to step up and score goals.

“I keep saying, we can’t keep putting all the weight on Auba’s shoulders to score the goals,” he said. “We need contributions.

“The midfielders need to score more and give more assists, and we need goals from our wingers as well. Laca is in great form and has scored five goals in his last four games, which is what we need from our strikers.

“Auba had some chances to score on Saturday and it was the same in the last game or so, but I am so pleased because in the final third we looked lively and there was a lot of movement.

“There is good energy, there is a real purpose and everybody is playing forwards. It’s like we are free to play there and the understanding is allowing us to generate a lot of things there.”

source: SportMob