Alexandre Lacazette has less than 10 months remaining on his contract with Arsenal and Mikel Arteta left him as an unused substitute for the Premier League victory over Norwich City last weekend
Mikel Arteta has no plans to sell Alexandre Lacazette and insists the striker will be “instrumental” for Arsenal throughout the season.
After Lacazette was benched for the Premier League match with Norwich City, Lacazette made a scathing statement.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winner earned the Gunners their first season point with a 1-0 victory against the Canaries.
Lacazette was benched, raising questions about his status at Emirates. This is especially since he has just entered the last 10 months on his contract.
Arteta says the Frenchman has a significant role and that more minutes are being added.“No, he’s fully involved,” Arteta told reporters on Thursday when quizzed on recent speculation claiming Lacazette could be on the way out.
“You give the reasons why he hasn’t played more minutes and he will be back to the form that he can achieve. I am sure that he will be instrumental in our success.”
Lacazette will be hoping to return to the starting line-up for Saturday’s trip to Burnley, as Arsenal attempt to record back-to-back victories in the top flight. Paul Merson’s Premier League predictions including West Ham vs Man Utd and Spurs vs Chelsea Mikel Arteta’s telling response to Bernd Leno theory after Arsenal keeper’s outburst
The 30-year-old was the Gunners’ top scorer in the Premier League last season with 13 goals and in all competitions with 17.
Tony Cascarino, a former Republic of Ireland and Chelsea striker, was shocked to see him leave Norwich. He believes Lacazette is better at goal than Aubameyang.
“He (Arteta) made a lot of changes, Cascarino told talkSPORT . “The biggest change was in the goalkeeper. He brought in (Aaron] Ramsdale to (Bernd] Leno, which is a courageous call.
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“Lacazette still can’t get in the starting lineup and I find that quite strange. Out of all the Arsenal strikers, I know they’ve got Aubameyang, but I think he’s more clinical.
“He can probably get between 10 and 15 goals very comfortably, I believe. After all the other stuff, it was a huge three points.”
Arteta’s line-up changes helped Arsenal bounce back from three consecutive Premier League defeats which they lost by an aggregate scoreline of 9-0.
Meanwhile, despite receiving the backing of his manager, reports in Italy claim Lacazette could be on the move in January.
Calciomercato assert AC Milan and Juventus are monitoring him with a view to a bargain January transfer.
Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, La Liga’s duo, are keeping an eye on Lacazette’s progress. A return to his former club Lyon is also possible.