Mikel Arteta has acknowledged that the situation regarding Arsenal’s strikers has cast a pall over the club, but is optimistic that it will be handled soon.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah, who have combined to score nine goals this season, are out of contract next summer and will be free to speak with foreign clubs in January.
Meanwhile, following internal disciplinary action, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has missed the Gunners’ last four matches.
‘We have a cloud, and the cloud is there,’ Arteta admitted. We are unable to update it at this time.
‘We’re working on it to try to make it as small as possible and as clear as possible but it’s the situation we are in because contracts have details, the timing of them is tricky and we are trying to resolve it.’
The Arsenal boss has not ruled out Lacazette or Nketiah signing new deals at the Emirates but the latter was linked with a move during the last transfer window and that is likely to be the case again in January, while the club could also decide to cash in on ex-Lyon ace Lacazette.
‘It depends on every single case, depends on the player’s situation, the minutes he’s playing, his willingness or the offer that you have, but it’s something that you have to consider,’ the 39-year-old added.
Source: Daily Mail