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Arsenal open to extending Alexandre Lacazette’s contract on one condition

Arsenal are open to keeping Alexandre Lacazette beyond the current campaign, according to The Athletic.

The Frenchman had a tough start to the season, and he was a regular unused substitute in the Premier League.

However, he managed to turn his fortunes last month after scoring a last-gasp equaliser against Crystal Palace.

Lacazette has started the last three league games for the club, winning a couple of penalties.

It is now reported that the Gunners have not ruled out the possibility of renewing his contract expiring in June 2022.

They are currently reluctant to meet Lacazette’s demands for a long-term deal with a potential pay rise.

Their stance could change if he is willing to accept a short-term renewal without high wages.

Our view:

Lacazette was out-of-favour earlier this season. He was an unused substitute for three successive league games.

This raised doubts whether he was surplus to requirements, but the striker came up with a terrific response.

Lacazette was full of energy against Palace last month, and eventually bagged a dramatic 95th-minute equaliser.

It proved a turning point for him. He has started up front alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recently.

The 4-4-2 (4-2-2-2) formation has helped the Gunners win three straight games after back-to-back draws.

Despite being 30, Lacazette appears at the top of his game, and he perfectly suits Mikel Arteta.

His tireless workrate and hold-up play are among the prime attributes that Arteta prefers in his striker.

Hence, a short-term extension would be ideal for the club, but Lacazette may have other plans in mind.

The Frenchman could hold out for a long-term deal with a potential raise on his weekly salary.

He can negotiate a pre-contract with a foreign club in January, and could benefit financially through the same.

Atletico Madrid are long-term admirers of his services, and he could receive a significant signing-on fee.

Meanwhile, the Gunners are looking at the prospect of pursuing a quality young striker for next season.

This may further hamper their chances of convincing Lacazette as his playing time could be reduced again.

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