- Alexandre Lacazette’s contract at Arsenal will expire at the end of the season
- The Gunners have yet to offer the French a new deal to extend their stay
- Lacazette will be free to talk to clubs abroad about a move on 1 January
- Mikel Arteta says Lacazette is ‘fully involved’ with his plans for the season
Alexandre Lacazette has yet to be offered a new deal, while his contract at Arsenal expires next summer.
The 30-year-old Frenchman has made only two substitute appearances so far this season, including the Gunners’ 6-0 loss to West Brom in the EFL Cup, where Lacazette found the back of the net.
There have been some doubts about his future at the club, although Mikel Arteta denied claims this week that the striker was not part of his first team plans.
Alexandre Lacazette will be a free agent at the end of the season if a new deal is not signed
ESPN However, it is reported that Lacazette has not yet received an offer to consider extending his stay in the emirate.
It is said that no discussions are active, with Arsenal opting instead to focus their financial resources on other areas of the team.
Arsenal were one of the top spenders in the summer, paying nearly £140m over six new signings, including Ben White from Brighton and Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid.
The Frenchman has been restricted to only two substitute appearances in this campaign so far
Mikel Arteta, however, said Lacazette is still part of his first team’s plans for the season
The club also tied the futures of prominent young players including Emil Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal were linked with a move for Tammy Abraham during the summer transfer window, before leaving Chelsea for Roma, with the British striker seen as a potential replacement for Lacazette.
Despite the league not yet starting this season, Arteta told a press conference before the game against Burnley that the Frenchman is ‘fully involved’ with his plans.
He added: ‘You give reasons why he didn’t play more minutes and he will be back in the form he can achieve. I am sure he will play a vital role in our success.
Arsenal focused their resources on signing new players and linking young players to summer contracts
Arsenal are currently 17th in the Premier League standings with one win and three losses in their opening four matches.
If Arsenal do not tie the Frenchman to a new contract, he will be free to negotiate with foreign clubs from January 1 next summer.
Atletico Madrid are said to have a long-standing interest in the striker, while both Juventus and Sevilla are also monitoring the situation.
Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon for a club record £46.5m fee.
Since then he has scored 66 goals in 172 matches across all competitions and has won the FA Cup with the Gunners in 2020.