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‘We haven’t spoken’ – Arsenal’s future for Lacazette will be decided this summer, says Arteta


The French forward scored twice against West Brom on Saturday and is the Gunners’ top scorer this season with nine goals

The future of Alexandre Lacazette will be decided this summer, according to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

The French forward – who is Arsenal’s top scorer this season with nine goals – has less than 18 months to play on his current contract and talks about an extension have yet to take place.

But Arteta, who saw Lacazette score twice on Saturday in his side’s 4-0 win at West Brom, says there is no rush to tie up the leader.

“We haven’t talked about anything about his contract,” said the Spaniard. “I’m delighted with the way he’s performed because he’s scoring, has the form and the energy at the moment so he has to keep doing it.

“We will talk this summer and make a decision then.”

Lacazette has scored five goals in Arsenal’s last four games and has been hugely influential when Arteta’s side claimed three consecutive Premier League wins on Saturday with their convincing win at West Brom.

He scored twice in the second half, adding to first-half strikes from Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka to cap another excellent overall performance.

“He was great,” Arteta said. “He needed that confidence with the goals.

“His pace of work is still there, he is still fighting for the team but he needed this chance to get the ball to him at the right times.

“I think he’s having a great time, we have to take advantage of it and give him minutes because it looks like he’s enjoying it.

While Lacazette is enjoying a rich vein of form in front of goal, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to suffer his worst crisis in years.

The Arsenal skipper failed to score again on Saturday, meaning he comes from a league goal from a penalty against Manchester United on November 1.

But Arteta insists he’s not concerned about his captain’s sterile fate and praised the others for stepping up and finding the net in recent weeks.

“I keep saying that we cannot keep putting all the weight on Aua’s shoulders to score the goals,” he said. “We need contributions.

“Midfielders need to score more and give more assists, and we also need goals from our wingers. Laca is in great shape and has scored five goals in his last four games, which is what we need from our forwards.

“Auba had a few scoring chances on Saturday and it was the same in the last game roughly, but I’m very happy because in the last third we looked sharp and there was a lot of movement.

“There is good energy, there is a real goal and everyone is playing forward. It’s like we’re free to play there and understanding allows us to generate a lot of things there.