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“Not yet closed” – The latest on Arsenal star’s potential future at the club

“Not yet closed” – The latest on Arsenal star’s potential future at the club

Arsenal’s toughest test

Arsenal head to Anfield on Saturday evening for a titanic clash with Liverpool.

The Gunners head into the tie unbeaten in 10 games across all competitions, but, Leicester City aside, have played generally weaker sides in a nice run of fixtures.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were handed their first defeat of the season by a high-flying West Ham last time out, meaning that another defeat here would in fact drop them below the Gunners in the Premier League, and some way off title pace-setters Chelsea should the Blues pick up three points.

It feels as though it will prove a watershed moment for both sides, with Arsenal needing to prove that their results can be sustained against bigger opponents, and Liverpool desperate not to be consigned to a second straight defeat, least of all under the Anfield lights.

One man who is widely expected to start the game is French striker Alexandre Lacazette, but the Frenchman has just 7 months left on his Emirates contract. Will there be a U-turn?

Arsenal potentially open minded to a short-term deal

As per David Ornstein of The Athletic, there is a possibility that a new deal could be struck for Lacazette, provided it is a short-term deal. However, it is suggested that this would not suit Laca, while Arsenal are wary that a longer deal could block the progress of the likes of Folarin Balogun.

The report details:

For their part, Arsenal are mindful that a new deal for Lacazette would have a domino effect — both in terms of the development of their present crop of young forwards and restricting their ability to bring in a new striker.

Consequently, Arsenal are currently unwilling to sanction the long-term deal Lacazette is believed to want. However, Arsenal do not rule out a short-term agreement: if the club can strike a deal that does not leave them burdened with a lengthy contract or heavy salary, it is still possible the Frenchman could extend his five-year stay.

They conclude that “The door is not yet closed.”

Should Lacazette continue to turn in performances akin to those he has in the last month, would it be worth attempting to hand the 30-year-old a new, short-term deal? Or should the Gunner cut their losses?

Read more:

The latest on Thomas Partey’s fitness ahead of Anfield clash

Third Arsenal midfielder set for Emirates exit as changes under Mikel Arteta continue

 


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
7 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
20 Burnley FC 17 -11 11

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 7
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 6
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City 6