Arsenal refuse to offer Lacazette new deal leaving him free to sign for new club

Arsenal are reportedly refusing to offer Alexandre Lacazette a new contract, leaving the French forward free to sign for a new club in January.

Lacazette's Arsenal deal expires at the end of this season, meaning that from January 1 he can speak to foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement to join them in July 2022.

The Athletic report that the Gunners are only willing to offer Lacazette a short term deal but have not ruled out the possibility of the 30-year-old staying at the Emirates Stadium beyond this season.

Lacazette has started each of Arsenal's last three league matches.

Arsenal are understood to be unwilling to pay an ageing player a high salary on a long term deal as they have done so in the past.

In recent years, similar scenarios have arisen with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, with the club keen to avoid a repeat with Lacazette.

The club are also wary of keeping hold of Lacazette as they believe him staying could hinder the development of youngsters Folarin Balogun and Gabriel Martinelli.

It is also believed that if Lacazette remains at the club, it could limit Mikel Arteta's chances of signing a new striker to compete with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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However, despite this, Arsenal legend Paul Merson urged the club to keep Lacazette as a 'supersub' after he scored against Crystal Palace last month but admitted that the Frenchman must "drive Arteta up the wall".

A number of clubs have shown an interest in Lacazette's services in recent months, although no concrete approaches were made for him in the summer.

Roma and Sevilla were both said to be interested earlier in the year, while Juventus and Barcelona have both been linked with the former Lyon striker so far this season.

West Ham United have also been rumoured to be eyeing a move for Lacazette but the Hammers would be unable to agree a free transfer until the summer.

Lacazette has scored three goals in nine appearances in all competitions this season and was the club's top scorer during the 2020/21 campaign with 17 goals.

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