Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal are ready to open up talks with Alexandre Lacazette over a new contract.
The Gunners have announced a spate of new deals in recent weeks with Gabriel Martinelli, Buyako Saka, Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari, and David Luiz all signing on the dotted line.
Talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also in negotiations to remain at the Emirates, and now Lacazette is being lined-up with a new agreement.
The French striker, who arrived from Lyon in 2017, is out of contract at the end of the 2021/22 season – but the Gunners have a policy about allowing players to head into the last 12 months of a deal.
And Arteta has admitted that talks are ready to get kick-started to extend Lacazette's stay in north London.
“We have to have a chat about the next step with him and get his idea, his feeling,” Arteta said. “As I said, I am really happy with him. He is a player that I always liked, even when I wasn’t here, because of what he brings to the team – his qualities, his abilities, his work-rate.
“So, let’s see. But now we are in a crucial moment, there is no time to talk about a lot of contractual situations. We still have time and we will do it in the right moment.”
The Gunners face Leicester on Tuesday with hopes renewed of qualifying for next season's Champions League after beating Wolves.
Arteta said: "I think we have to win every game and then wait and pray. It's not about a game, we need to go game by game.
"A few weeks ago we were really far from thinking about Europe and we are a little bit closer at the moment so let us go game by game and see where that takes us.
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"Well now we are in a good run, we got some momentum. Now we get to the crucial point of the season where we're going to face the top teams in the next two weeks.
"We just try to get prepared as well as we can, we know how important these games are going to be for the future of the season so we are very focused and committed to try to do as well as we can."
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