Lacazette set to run deal down at the Emirates
Arsenal center-forward Alexandre Lacazette has made his future in north London clear before the conclusion of the transfer window, and it will come to an end next summer when he walks away on a free deal.
I’m told Alexandre Lacazette has no plans to extend his contract with Arsenal.
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 31, 2021
According to Football.London’s chief Arsenal reporter Chris Wheatley, the Olympique Lyonnais youth product has no intentions to extend his stay at the Emirates past the current season and will seek a free move elsewhere once his deal is completed.
This, unfortunately, rules out any possible avenue of financial restitution for Arsenal, who are set to miss out on another fee for players in what is a growing list of first-team personnel that has left on free’s in recent history including Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, and Mesut Özil.
The good news, however, is that Arsenal can still count upon two senior strikers in Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season again, given the youthfulness behind them in the pecking order through Eddie Nketiah and Folarin Balogun.
Arsenal to lose Eddie Nketiah next summer on a free
Speaking of Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal will now have to contend with two center-forwards walking away from Colney on free transfers next summer, with the Hale End academy graduate turning down a chance to move to Crystal Palace this summer.
🔴 Eddie Nketiah is likely to stay at Arsenal this summer.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 31, 2021
Palace and Arsenal had agreed to a deal in principle for the 22-year-old, who has now dropped down the pecking order at the Emirates behind Folarin Balogun and potentially even Gabriel Martinelli.
But Nketiah could not agree to personal terms with the Eagles and new boss Patrick Vieira, and will now be set to find his own way after the conclusion of the 2021-22 Premier League season, which looks increasingly as though most of it will be spent on the bench (or worse) given his reduced status at the club.