Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette wants assurances from Mikel Arteta ahead of crunch contract talks

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Lacazette’s future could be up in the air (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal will reportedly sit down with Alexandre Lacazette to discuss his future as the French striker seeks clarity on his role under Mikel Arteta.

The 29-year-old’s form has taken a dip this season and even resulted in him losing his place in the side to Eddie Nketiah when the youngster was recalled from his loan spell at Leeds United in January.

After strong transfer interest from Atletico Madrid, according to ESPN, the north London club will now hold crunch talks with Lacazette in the next few weeks

The Gunners are said to be determined not to lose both him and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

Both strikers are quickly running down their contracts at the Emirates, with Aubameyang approaching the final year of his deal and Lacazette’s due to expire in 2022.

The Gabon international’s long-standing contract situation has been put on ice due to the coronavirus crisis, but the club are keen to settle the futures of their star forwards.

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Aubameyang is Arsenal’s top scorer with 17 league goals (Picture: Getty Images)

Lacazette’s future may hinge on whether or not his fellow No.9 secures a move away from the Gunners this summer.

If Aubameyang leaves, Lacazette would likely become Arsenal’s main centre-forward, but if he commits his future to the club, the Frenchman could be sold to bolster their transfer budget.

The report states that Lacazette could bring in a fee of around £60 million and a portion of that money may be used to pursue priority target Thomas Partey.

However, despite speculation, a potential swap deal between the striker and the Atletico Madrid midfielder has not yet been discussed by the two clubs.

Arsenal get their Premier League campaign back up and running next Wednesday with a trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.

Despite being eight points behind Chelsea, who occupy fourth spot in the table, Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno is still hopeful his side can qualify for the Champions League.

‘I hope we can get into Europe. We’re not ruling out the Champions League places because we might get it with just fifth place, given Man City’s possible ban,’ Leno told the DFB.

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