Arsenal: Arteta re-frames Lacazette and tells him to focus on the pitch

Mikel Arteta on Tuesday asked the French striker to re-focus on the field, following Alexandre Lacazette’s recent statements on his future. Especially since the end of the Arsenal season promises to be tense.

Mikel Arteta apparently didn’t really appreciate the latest statements by Alexandre Lacazette on his future. At the end of the season’s end of contract, the Gunners striker (31) announced on Sunday to be in “discussions with several clubs” on Canal+ and specifically cited OL, where he played until 2017. Neither the timing nor his words pleased his coach.

“I want him to concentrate completely on his duty”

“His contractual status allows him to make decisions about his future. We have made it clear that we intend to speak to him this summer, once we know where we are and where we will be in the future.” What will we do together. For the rest, I just want him to focus completely on his duty, which is to defend Arsenal in the best possible way, as he has always done since he has been with us. “, Mikel Arteta announced at the hasty conference this Tuesday.

“I’ve never cut contact with Lyon since I left. I try to return to the club once or twice a year to see the medical staff again because we’re really close. So yeah, now that ol’ know.” That I’m free, so they come to the information”, developed Alexandre Lacazette on Sunday, still insisting on his desire to play in the Champions League. This should complicate the logic of OL, which is currently ranked 8th in L1.

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“It is his duty to do better”

After asking his striker to refocus on his current club’s goals, Mikel Arteta also said he expects more from him: “He has a duty to do better here,” said the Spaniard. This season, Alexandre Lacazette has scored just six times in 31 games across all competitions. Final: against Leicester in early March (2-0).

Five days from the end of the season, the Gunners are sixth in the Premier League and hope to qualify for the Champions League. But Arsenal remain on three consecutive defeats, including the last one against Southampton on Saturday (1-0). This new misstep pushed Arteta’s team out of the top 5. On Saturday, the Gunners received Manchester United (1:30 pm).

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