1NEWS – The summer transfer window is over, but the future of Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette still seems to be in question. Lacazette was recently known not to want to add to his tenure at Arsenal. Is this a sign that Lacazette will leave the Emirates Stadium next summer?
Leaving Arsenal Next Summer?
Arsenal became one of the busy clubs during this summer transfer. Indeed, not many stars who leave the team from London. However, in terms of signing players, the Gunners are very diligent. One of the media even mentioned that Arsenal was the EPL club with the most extravagant spending budget in this summer transfer.
Although rarely heard in terms of selling players, Arsenal actually had several times tried to sell some ammunition. Alexandre Lacazette included in one of the names that are rumored to be sold in the transfer window this summer. But in the end, Lacazette stayed and did not leave London at all.
Currently, Lacazette’s position as an Arsenal player is still relatively safe. However, Lacazette is unlikely to last long at the Emirates Stadium. The reason, the French player is rumored to be really leaving next summer. This issue arose after Lacazette was reportedly reluctant to extend his contract at Arsenal.
As quoted from the Football.London page, Lacazette only has a contract that will be completed in the summer of 2022. Lacazette also reportedly has no plans to extend his tenure. That means, in the summer of next year, Lacazette could leave Arsenal and join another club, on a free transfer.
Reasons Lacazette Doesn’t Sell
Regarding Lacazette’s contract, which only has a small amount remaining, Arsenal themselves have prepared a plan so that they do not lose the striker for free. Arsenal reportedly have plans to sell Lacazette in the moment of transfer this summer. However, until the transfer window closes, the Gunners are still having trouble finding Lacazette fans.
A number of clubs, including Italian giants AS Roma are also reportedly interested in signing Lacazette. However, a number of reports reveal that Arsenal have not received any offers until the transfer window closes. Several sources revealed that salary was the main problem that stopped Lacazette’s transfer to another club.
Please note, Lacazette is now one of Arsenal’s highest-paid players. Per week, French international players are reportedly able to receive payments of up to 182,000 pounds, or the equivalent of around 3.5 billion rupiah. This salary is what reportedly makes a number of Lacazette fans object to recruiting him.
Regarding the future of Lacazette, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta once revealed his comments, around April. Arteta then insisted that Lacazette’s future would be decided this summer. He also added that he still wanted to assess the player’s appearance in the 2021/2022 season.
“The exact situation regarding Laca (Lacazette) will be known in the summer. We have to talk to him first, and explain what our plans are for the future, that’s all.” Arteta said, as quoted by the media ride88 from source Football.London. “It all depends on how we are, how many times we win and where we stand next season.”
Already Marginalized in the Arteta Era
Lacazette herself joins Arsenal in 2017, and since then, he has been one of the spearheads of the London Cannon. From 129 matches played, the 30-year-old striker has contributed to the occurrence of 73 goals. Unfortunately, in the Mikel Arteta era, Lacazette was rarely used, because Arteta played Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang more often.