Arsenal set to offer new deal to French forward valued at €50m

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Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are ready to open talks over extending Alexandre Lacazette’s contract. The 28-year-old striker has not always had the easiest time at the Emirates Stadium, but it looks clear Mikel is a big fan of what he brings to the team.

France international has shown moments of real quality in his London club career, and may well have performed better in a generally more solid side, with the club as a whole struggling for much of his time in Arsenal.

Still, Gunners supporters will be pleased to hear that Lacazette could be part of the team’s future under Arteta, with the coach quoted as saying talks over his situation were on the cards. “We have to have a chat about the next step with him and get his idea, his feeling,” he said.

With the coronavirus pandemic likely to hit clubs’ finances hard this summer, Gunners could do without losing their big names and being forced into the market to replace them.

It would surely be better value for money for them to give someone like the French striker a new contract and hope that he can improve under the guidance of the new boss.