Alexandre Lacazette has played down speculations about an agreement between his representatives and Arsenal about his alleged right to leave this summer if the team fails to qualify for the Champions League.
Arsenal are currently playing their third campaign in a row in the Europa League. Having been beaten by eventual winners Atletico Madrid in the semi-final in 2017/18, the Gunners made the next step last season and reached the final, only to fall there to Chelsea. This time they’ll be looking to take the next step again, which would of course, mean to win the trophy and reach the Champions League down that path. It might prove a more realistic road than to aim for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
It was actually The Times, who are generally a rather reliable source about such matters, who reported that the agreement to allow Lacazette to leave if the Gunners fail to book a spot in UEFA’s elite club competition. However, as quoted by Sky Sports, Lacazette himself said he wasn’t aware of such a thing. Despite not being a regular starter recently, the French striker believes everyone at the club is happy with him and he sees no reason whatsoever to leave. What’s more, the 28-year-old recently encouraged young Bukayo Saka, who is reportedly in talks with the club over a new deal, to put pen to paper and commit his future to Arsenal. That definitely doesn’t seem like something a player who is thinking about pastures new would do.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also reportedly in talks of a new contract at the moment, having shelved them in the first half of the season. It only goes to show how the arrival of Mikel Arteta at the helm seems to have brought in some much needed cohesion to the team, as well as motivation. Better times could be ahead, after all.