Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Alexandre Lacazette amid a lot of uncertainty about his contract. The Arsenal boss refused to comment whether the club will offer the Frenchman a new contract. His contract expires at the end of the season and will be able to discuss a potential contract at an overseas club. Recently, the striker came off the bench to score an equalizer in stoppage time against Crystal Palace to salvage a point. Arteta praised Lacazette for his professionalism and commitment to the club.

“It’s the situation that we have and we have to accept it.” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said about the Alexandre Lacazette contract. “I cannot ask anything from the player… and it’s not an individual situation because it has a knock-on effect. All of this we have had to deal with in the past and still now, we have to see what the best option is for everybody at the end of the season. I had no doubts about that [his motivation] and if I did I would probably have decided to do something different in the summer if the motivation was just his financial future.”

“It’s not the case with Laca and he has shown that since I’ve been here every single day and he remains a really important player for us,” he added. “I think he was able to transmit that energy [against Crystal Palace] and that was contagious for the rest of the team and for the stadium. He created a different atmosphere straight away, with his determination and his quality and he tried to change the result straight away and [had] that belief in himself that he could do it.”

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