Mikel Arteta addresses rumours and confirms Arsenal talks will be opened up with world cup winning Frenchman

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal will open talks with Alexandre Lacazette about a new contract at the club

Lacazette has been in decent form for the Gunners this season and already has ten goals to his name, but there has been alot of speculation that he is one player that Arteta may look to cash in on in the summer transfer window.

Lacazette has less than 18 months remaining on his current contract and has been consistently linked with a transfer, with Monaco this week becoming the latest side touted as a possible destination.

However, Arteta says there is no rush to tie Lacazette down to renewed terms, and that he is happy with the forward’s performances at present.

Speaking at his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s weekend trip to Burnley, Arteta said of Lacazette: “He’s got a contract with us. He played really well the other week. It’s exactly what we demand him to do. I’m really happy with him and the discussions about his contract will happen soon and we will see what happens.”

He added: “Well, I’m hoping that a player under contract will continue with us. Every case is different and we’re going to assess that and we’ll make a decision in relation to that.”

Lacazette has been decent this season, but there comes a time that Arsenal need to cash in and add a striker to the squad that can score more than 10 goals a season, and that time should be now as Lacazette is not getting any younger.

But a new contract doesnt mean that he will stay will it?

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