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Arteta doesn't rule out new Lacazette deal

21 October 2021 10:23:20 EST
Lacazette future in the balance

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said it is not guaranteed that Alexandre Lacazette will be leaving the Emirates this summer.

The Gunners are 1.85 to beat Aston Villa on Friday, while Dean Smith's side are 4.00 to take three points. The draw is available at 3.75.

Lacazette to the rescue

Lacazette was the Arsenal hero on Monday when he equalised deep into injury time to earn Arteta's side a 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace.

However, the 30-year-old French striker's contract is up at the end of the season and he will be able to agree a pre-contract deal with clubs from abroad in January.

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He has yet to start a game for the Gunners this season and his strike against the Eagles was his 51st in the league following his £46.5m move to north London from French club Lyon in July 2017.

Striker workrate pleases boss

Arteta said he has been delighted with Lacazette's attitude and it seems the door has not been shut on the chances of him staying put.

The Arsenal boss said: "Anything is possible. It depends on a lot of things and it is not just a matter of being willing.

"I would have thought about doing something different with him in the summer if he had not had the motivation or if his interests are just with his financial future.

"It is not the case with Laca, and he has shown that since I have been here every single day. That's why he is a really important player for us."

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