After the Frenchman stated that he is in talks with other clubs, Mikel Arteta has advised captain Alexandre Lacazette to concentrate on finishing the season with Arsenal.
confirmed in an interview with Canal+ earlier this week that he is in pre-contract talks with a number of clubs, including his former clubLyon
, with his contract in north London expiring on June 30.
intends to address Lacazette's future at the end of the season, according to
, who also reminded his captain that he owes it to the club to play at his best.
"His contract position permits him to make a future decision," Arteta stated. "We have stated clearly what our aim is: to speak in the summer after we have a better idea of what we will do together in the future." For the rest, I want him to be completely focused on his future, which is to continue to protect Arsenal like he always has, which is why he is wearing the armband."
Lacazette also stated his desire to play in the Champions League, with Arsenal presently competing with Tottenham Hotspur and
for the coveted fourth slot in the Premier League, which guarantees a place at Europe's top table.
"I'm in talks with a number of clubs," the striker revealed. "Since I left, I've kept in touch with Lyon. Because we are so close, I try to visit the club once or twice a year to meet the medical staff again. They inquired because they knew I was available [during the summer].
"I want to play in Europe; I haven't played in the Champions League in a long time, and I miss it. Nothing is impossible in life, but [for Lyon without Europe], things are a little more complicated." Arteta confessed that he was unaware that Lacazette was in talks with other teams, but that the attacker was free to pursue his dreams.
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