Arsenal must ‘roll the dice’ over star man’s contract – pundit

Date published: Friday 16th July 2021 9:22 - Joe Williams

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Arsenal must “roll the dice” this summer over Alexandre Lacazette’s contract, according to former striker Kevin Campbell.

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of next season with his deal at the Emirates Stadium expiring in June 2022.

Lacazette, who scored 13 league goals last term, fell one short of his best goalscoring return in a Premier League season, when he got 14 in 2017/18.

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A recent report suggested that Arsenal ‘remain open to offers’ for the 30-year-old with the risk that they could lose him for nothing next summer.

But former Gunners striker Campbell reckons the north London club should take a risk in the hope that he will sign a new deal eventually.

Campbell told Football Insider: “Arsenal have shot themselves in the foot so many times over player contracts.

“I think this is a unique situation with Lacazette though. If you are not sure about which striker to bring in, you have just got to roll the dice with Lacazette’s contract. They have done it in the past with Aubameyang and it worked out.

“If they are not going to agree on a new deal, it is obviously something that will be addressed next summer.

“Listen, maybe they could get money for him but if he stays he will be integral to how we play next season. He did well all things considered last season.

“I have no problem with him staying and leaving on a free next summer. The Covid situation has made things difficult.”

Speaking in April, former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes claimed that the Gunners should allow Lacazette to leave.

Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “Arsenal renewing Alexandre Lacazette’s contract in the summer depends on how Arsenal are going to play. If they are going to play two [up top] with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang all the time, probably not.

“They have Bukayo Saka and Pepe who want to play as wingers, with Aubameyang, who wants to play down the middle, but also have Lacazette, who wants to play in the same position.

“Arsenal must think about what they want for the future because Lacazette and Aubameyang are not necessarily going to play together all the time as that isn’t the way Mikel Arteta wants to play.

“Why would they give Lacazette a new contract, if Mikel Arteta is going to say Aubameyang is going to be their main striker? Unless Lacazette is going to continue doing what he is now [coming off the bench].

“It doesn’t seem like it’ll be the situation at Arsenal whereby two of them [Aubameyang and Lacazette] will be on long contracts and high earners if they aren’t playing regularly.”


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