Mikel Arteta comment on Lacazette future at Arsenal
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta confirmed that “everything can happen” with regards to Alexandre Lacazette’s future at Arsenal ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Alexander Lacazette’s contract expires at the end of this season and the striker has been linked with the likes of Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla.
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is unsure whether Lacazette, who has scored two goals in three matches this season, will stay at the club.
The Spaniard said: “We discuss that internally and we discuss that with him. It’s a long season ahead of us, everything can happen, everything is open.”
Granit Xhaka is available to return against Arsenal’s fierce rivals at the Emirates Stadium this weekend after serving a three-match ban.
Arteta has a fully fit squad to choose from and says Xhaka has looked sharp in training, despite the midfielder having also tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Switzerland this month.
“He came back and he was flying [in training], because he really looks after himself,” Arteta said. “He gives you the maximum and the best possible attitude to compete and win matches.”
While Arsenal have won three consecutive games in all competitions without conceding a goal, Spurs have lost their previous two Premier League matches 3-0.
Arteta does not believe it is necessarily a good time to play Tottenham, who have won just one of their past 28 away league games against Arsenal.
He said: “When the ball is rolling I think we all forget where we are, we’re just trying to compete to win that football match, we won’t be any different from them.”
Arteta added: “We are playing at home, we’re going to have our people right behind us, they’re going to create an incredible atmosphere that you have to be able to enjoy, empower and make the most of it.”
The former Arsenal midfielder says his players are well aware of the magnitude of the game.
“I will make sure that they understand what it means, the history between the two clubs and what it means emotionally to all of our supporters,” Arteta said. “You have to play the game with a slightly different skin, because there is a little bit more at stake.”