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Arteta provides an update on Lacazette’s Arsenal future

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The Gunners’ top goalscorer for this season has just 18 months left on his current contract.

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Mikel Arteta has confirmed a decision will be made on Alexandre Lacazette’s future in the summer after confirming no new contract talks have begun.

The former Lyon striker’s current deal runs until June 2022, meaning he has 18 months left before it expires. Despite his brilliant run of form lately, however, Arsenal are in no rush to begin talks over an extension.

“We have not talked about anything related to his contract,” said Arteta as quoted by Goal after the Frenchman’s double in the 4-0 win over West Brom on Saturday.

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“I am delighted with the way he has performed because he is scoring, has the form and energy at the moment, so he needs to keep doing that.”

The Arsenal boss added: “We will talk in the summer and make a decision then.”

While Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has suffered a dry streak in front of goal this season, Lacazette has helped pick up the slack by scoring a club-best nine goals in 19 appearances across all competitions.

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The 29-year-old has also scored in his previous four appearances, including the club’s recent Premier League wins over Chelsea, Brighton, and West Brom.