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Mikel Arteta has spoken with Alexandre Lacazette to debate the best way to deal with the striker’s uncertain future at Arsenal with his contract expiring in 2022, via

Lacazette joined the Gunners from Lyon in 2017 for £46.5m, but has remained on the deal penned at the time. So, now has less than eight-months to run on his £182k-a-week terms.

Reports by The Sun earlier this week claimed Arsenal could offer Lacazette a new one-year contract to extend his stay. But the club’s lack of urgency has not impressed the striker.

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Arteta had admitted last week that any talks between Arsenal and Lacazette over a new contract would not take place until the end of the season, despite his deal winding down.

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The Spaniard accepts it is now becoming much more common for footballers to run their contracts down to the end. And noted on Thursday that he has spoken with Lacazette to discuss the best way to deal with his situation.

“That is a position that is happening more and more in football, he’s not the only one,” Arteta said. “I spoke with him about how to handle the situation in the best possible way.”

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Arsenal risk Lacazette leaving at end of contract

Arsenal putting any talks with Lacazette on hold until the end of the term – despite Arteta talking with the striker – will see the Gunners risk the Frenchman leaving for free next year.

The Sun also noted the 30-year-old is a target for a host of clubs, including Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Newcastle United and Marseille.

Atletico may be Arsenal’s toughest challenger to keeping Lacazette, too. As La Razon noted he has decided against staying in north London to join the La Liga side for free.